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Women into Business 1: Building a Successful Business

This workshop will focus on developing a strong foundation on which to build your business. You will learn tools to develop confidence manage your time effectively and…


Business Start-Up: Finance

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


Newly-Self Employed - The Basics

Find out how to register your business with HMRC, what is meant by employment status and the different classes of NI contributions.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


2 Day Business Start-Up

The 2 Day Business Start-Up Workshop incorporates: Business Planning, Finance, Marketing & Market Research



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…


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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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Husband and wife team brew up successful Aberdeenshire business

A chance email led Alison and Jonathan Aspden to shelve their emigration plans and open a community café and post office in Aberdeenshire.

Case study

Wishaw scientist launches children's science entertainment venture

Extracting DNA from fruit, making slime and watching custard powder explode are just some of the ways scientist Lindsay Murphy’s business is helping engage children with science.

Case study

New Hamilton businesses in peak condition

One of Scotland’s top fitness experts, Alan Strachan, has invested a six-figure sum to rebrand his boutique gym and open a luxury day spa in Hamilton.

Case study

Experienced celebrant opens his own on business in Fife

After investing his own money to convert 27 Bank Street, Lochgelly, this accredited and experienced celebrant opened his own business, John Gilfillan Funeral Directors, in May.

Case study

The Engine Shed drive full-service marketing into the Borders

Merging their businesses has helped two Borders entrepreneurs establish a full-service marketing agency that is projecting a fourfold increase in turnover next year.

Case study

Franchise provides teacher with the formula for success

A chance conversation 18 months ago provided Kathleen O’Donnell with the perfect formula for her own business.

Case study

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