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Discover the opportunities to grow your business beyond Scotland at this free international strategy forum hosted by Scottish Development International.
This workshop aims to help you identify your customers, understand your competitors and plan an effective marketing strategy.
Your own exclusive slot to discuss your aspirations and concerns with an experienced advisor from Scotland’s only specialist Family Business Consultancy (FBS Ltd).
This workshop aims to make you aware of the various requirements involved in setting up a business.
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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.
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.
Merging their businesses has helped two Borders entrepreneurs establish a full-service marketing agency that is projecting a fourfold increase in turnover next year.
A chance conversation 18 months ago provided Kathleen O’Donnell with the perfect formula for her own business.
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.
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.
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.
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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