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

Guides for business

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Insights for growth

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

Business Start Up

A one and a half day business start-up workshop incorporating: business planning, finance, marketing and market research.


Advertising and Promotion

This workshop will give you the knowledge and skills you need to identify the best methods of promotion for your business and to produce an advertising plan to boost…


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: Awareness Seminar

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


Effective Business Recordkeeping

This workshop will help you to run your business finances more efficiently and ensure you are compliant with tax law


Intro to Social Media

This workshop will give you an overview of how you can use sites like Facebook, Twitter and Linked In to interact with your customers to promote and grow your business


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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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Fife local launches plus size sportswear store

When finding plus size jodhpurs proved difficult, Sam Ollis launch an online business selling larger sized fitness wear.

Case study

Perth hairdresser's new idea is stroke of genius

John Gillespie has worked in the hairdressing industry for over 20 years, opening two successful salons in Perth and more recently designed and launched his own brand new hairbrush, the Arconic, 

Case study

Dressmaker is a cut above the rest

When Francesca McKay decided to turn her passion for sewing into a business she had no idea how quickly it would grow.

Case study

Customers go wild for Ewan's eco-tourism business

A young entrepreneur has set up his own eco-tourism company providing wildlife tours on Mull.  

Case study

Laura's growing business is perfect eye candy

Laura Freeman, opened gift shop Eye Candy in Thurso in 2010 and since then has opened a second store in Wick.

Case study

Success is looming for Skye business

A husband and wife team who use a bicycle pedal powered loom to create a range of woollen products have taken on their first member of staff and hope to take on more in the next couple of years.

Case study

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