I am not naturally a business person, so for business planning my adviser has been worth his weight in gold.

Sam Booth, Owner of Echo Living


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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: Finance

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


Business Start-Up: Finance

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


Time Management

This workshop will help you make more effective use of your time, through efficient time management.


Get Real Results From Your Website

This workshop aims to give you the expertise necessary to make your website successful.


Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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


Improve Your Search Engine Ranking

This workshop aims to improve your understanding of how search engines prioritise results.


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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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Architect draws on experience to create kids sketching kits

An architect who created a range of drawing kits for budding artists is now selling her products throughout the UK.

Case study

Wick designer fashions business growth

Jennifer Easton, launched her own fashion label JAED in 2010 after returning home to Wick. Now, she shares with us the story behind her business.

Case study

Moray coffee shop enjoys sweet smell of success

Amanda Adams and Gayle Johnstone took over a popular coastal café earlier this year and after revamping it the pair from Lossiemouth renamed it Aroma Coffee Shop. Now, they share with us the story behind the business.

Case study

Love of art inspires new business for Oban graduate

A science graduate with a childhood love of art has set up her own business making jewellery and crafts.

Case study

Dundee business has designs on future growth

Dr Mhairi Towler set up Vivomotion in 2012. Here she shares with us the story behind her business.

Case study

Furniture manufacturer carves new future in Kelso

A Borders business that nearly closed during the recession is on target to more than double its turnover, having expanded and taken on staff to meet growing demand.

Case study

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Find local advice

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