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Insights for growth

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Business Week: International Strategy Awareness

Discover the opportunities to grow your business beyond Scotland at this free international strategy forum hosted by Scottish Development International.


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.


Twitter Masterclass for Business

Twitter is a conversation – make sure you are part of it!


Business Week: Creative Industries Event

Is your business: advertising and marketing, architecture, visual arts and crafts, fashion and textiles, design, performing arts, music, photography, film and video,…



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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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

Poporopo's popular Scottish popcorn set to explode onto UK shelves

Scotland’s only air popped popcorn company has created two jobs to help meet anticipated demand after signing a deal with one of the UK’s leading food distributors.

Case study

Safety first for new Dunoon based business

A senior fire officer who retired from the service after 30 years has set up his own company aiming to raise fire safety standards within the business community. 

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Glasgow company set to light up film industry

A Glasgow company that can boast one of Hollywood’s top cinematographers as a client has now set its sights on significant expansion in the USA.

Case study

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