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Whatever your business needs, there’s a fully funded event near you.

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Insights for growth

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Business Breakast- Innovation

Innovation- What is it and what does it mean for your business?


Marketing on a Shoestring

This workshop will give you a good understanding what Marketing is and how some low cost ideas will contribute to the success of your business.


Something is Changing...Ayrshire Business Week Launch - 5th October.

Opening Ayrshire Business Week 2015, is the launch event from Business Gateway. Hosted by Gary Ennis and Colin Kelly from digital agency NSDesign, this morning event…


Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business.


Business Week: One to One Tendering Support

Dumfries and Galloway Council is offering free procurement training to businesses in Dumfries and Galloway on how to prepare a winning bid

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Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


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Prepare a business plan for growth

Every successful business regularly reviews its business plan to ensure it continues to meet its needs and responds to variations in the market, the economy and customer base.


Write a marketing plan

Writing a marketing plan helps you decide which customers to target and how to reach them. A marketing plan includes factors such as: deciding which customers to target; how to reach them and how to win their business.


Help and support available for your start up

If you run a start-up business as an entrepreneur, you may be able to get extra support if you’re a woman, over 50, disabled, from a minority ethnic group, young or on a low income.


Grants: the basics

Grants can help you fund a specific project. Grants usually cover only part of the total costs involved, so you will probably need to provide match funding alongside any grant.

External resource

New Enterprise Allowance

If you’re getting Jobseeker’s Allowance and can show that you have a business idea that could work, you can apply for New Enterprise Allowance.

External resource

Support for innovation, research and development

If you plan to research and develop new products or services, you may be able to get funding for R&D, tax credits or support from the government.


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New deli plants the seeds for youth enterprise

A new deli is helping young people in Peebles learn how to turn the food they’ve grown, into produce they can sell.

Case study

Moray company secures future

Steve Robertson set up Saltire Security in 2009 and since then has grown the company steadily. Now, he shares with us the story behind the business.

Case study

Fiona's fitness business is up and running

A personal trainer who set up her own military style fitness business is already working with around 100 clients who are aiming to get fit and healthy this summer.

Case study

Skye couple's gem of a business continues to grow

When Bryony Grant and Paul Matthews met as teenagers while working weekend jobs at a local jewellers in Broadford, they never imagined that 15 years later they would be engaged and owning the shop they met in.

Case study

Digital business puts art in the frame

An Ayrshire entrepreneur has combined his knowledge of art and technology to create the first digital marketplace for artists to build their careers.

Case study

Former soldier opens Aberdeen's only Polish eatery

A former soldier has opened his first restaurant in Aberdeen.

Case study

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