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Events and workshops

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

Guides for business

Get your business off the ground.

Insights for growth

Articles, case studies and advice to help you expand your business.

Business Start Up Networking

This session provides an ideal environment for small businesses to meet and hone their networking skills.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy.


Business Start-Up: Finance

This workshop aims to give an introduction to the role of finance in business.


Marketing Your Business

This workshop will help you create a realistic marketing plan. It is designed to improve how you market your business and increase sales.


Start-Up: Marketing Workshop

Getting the marketing right for your business is crucial to its success.


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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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Experience opens doors to new business

With 25 years’ experience working in the electrical trade under his belt, Michael Freeman decided to follow his dream of running his own business when the opportunity arose to buy the retail outlet he had managed for 14 years.

Case study

Business is sweet for Fife couple

A passion for organic growing, past professional experience and being in the right place at the right time when a plot of land became available provided Shetland-born Rosy McLean and her partner, David Demjanovic, with the opportunity they needed to set up their own organic farm. 

Case study

Online business is crafty idea

Donald Adams from Blarigowrie, set up his online business, Dribbly Growlers, in 2013 selling gifts and gadgets. Now, he shares with us the story behind his business.

Case study

Husband and wife duo craft business idea from hobby

A husband and wife team who create handmade pottery and driftwood pieces are now selling their unique products in a range of shops and galleries across Scotland.

Case study

Fife business is the right touch for Vicky

Vicky Oshagbemi launched Connected Physio in January having worked in the NHS before entering private practice. 

Case study

Challenge provides brother's with green business idea

Terry Stebbings and his brother Neil launched Proterra Energy three years ago. Based in Drumnadrochit, the business focuses on the design and installation of micro hydro schemes throughout the Highlands. Terry shares with us the secret to their success.

Case study

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