To provide an overview of what is involved in putting together an effective business plan and starting up a business. It will also provide participants with the…
Social Media – the basics
This session looks at the business and financial planning processes and options that will give you the confidence to set out your new business venture knowing that…
With marketing budgets coming under increasing pressure email marketing is becoming an even more attractive option for companies seeking to lower costs, but how do you…
This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy.
This workshop aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage your finances and comply with regulatory and legal requirements through a relevant…
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
An architect who created a range of drawing kits for budding artists is now selling her products throughout the UK.
Jennifer Easton, launched her own fashion label JAED in 2010 after returning home to Wick. Now, she shares with us the story behind her business.
Amanda Adams and Gayle Johnstone took over a popular coastal café earlier this year and after revamping it the pair from Lossiemouth renamed it Aroma Coffee Shop. Now, they share with us the story behind the business.
A science graduate with a childhood love of art has set up her own business making jewellery and crafts.
Dr Mhairi Towler set up Vivomotion in 2012. Here she shares with us the story behind her business.
A Borders business that nearly closed during the recession is on target to more than double its turnover, having expanded and taken on staff to meet growing demand.
Scottish business case studies
When John Jackson launched Braw Beard Oils in 2013 little did he realise his business would spark a friendship with the lead singer of one of the world’s biggest rock bands
Shetland’s only tannery has hit the right note with the American market thanks to its clever use of social media.
Grangemouth based Edinmore Contracts Ltd is now firmly established as a leader in its field.
Embracing new technology has helped a Drymen-based engineering business enter new markets and secure new clients.
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