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Insights for growth

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

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


Women in Business 2: Marketing Skills

"Following on from the previous session, this session aims to help you develop a structured approach to sales and marketing, including how to promote your business, sell effectively and create the rig


Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers

Mentally Healthy Workplace Training for Managers


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


Marketing Your Business

This workshop will help you create a realistic marketing plan. It is designed to improve how you market your business and increase sales.


Understanding Pricing for Profit

A half day practical workshop for anyone looking to gain confidence in pricing techniques in their business.

Western Isles

Marketing, Advertising and Promotion

The workshop will help you create a realistic marketing plan designed to improve your marketing efforts and ultimately lead to more sales. It will give you the knowledge and skills to produce an adv


Website Data Analytics - Digital Boost

This workshop unlocks data analytics so you can clearly see where your website traffic is coming from and why, transforming your website's effectiveness.


Digitise Your Business Processes – DigitalBoost

"This workshop will help you identify a strategy for secure, scalable and cost-effective back office and technology requirements."

East Dunbartonshire

Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

"This workshop will help you identify a strategy for secure, scalable and cost-effective back office and technology requirements. "


Prepare to Present - Presenting your business with confidence!

This half day workshop focuses on confidently presenting to groups of people in a range of business situations.



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 bookkeeping system.


Mastering Selling Skills

"This course aims to improve your selling skills, thereby increasing sales."


Intermediate Social Media for Business

"This course is aimed at those who are already using social media; have their business profiles setup; are starting to become fairly active (on at least 2 from the following list - Twitter, Facebook,

West Lothian

Business Start-Up: Finance

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


Introduction to Social Media - Rothesay

Social Media has grown significantly in recent years and has become a vital part of the marketing mix.

Argyll & Bute

Start Up Awareness & Market Research

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

Dumfries & Galloway

Start your Own Business

"This is a 2 Day Business Start-Up Workshop incorporating: Business Planning, Finance, Marketing & Market Research "


Trading Online

This workshop aims to enable you to set up and manage an effective online trading presence.


Business Start-Up: Finance

This workshop aims to give an introduction to the role of finance in 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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New Moray business pops up in shops across the country

A former design teacher at Gordonstoun School has launched a new business creating wooden 3D postcards which are now on sale in over 140 outlets across the country.

Case study

Redundancy sparks new business idea for electrical engineer

Being made redundant two days before Christmas led Ross Henderson to start his own business.

Case study

Hairdressing business looking to grow

An Ardrishaig salon is looking to take on more staff after a busy year in which demand for its hair, beauty and gym services all increased.

Case study

Textile classes proving a hit in Inverclyde

A textile designer who has worked in the industry for over 25 years is attracting people from across Scotland and beyond to her specially designed workshops.

Case study

Angus company has grounds for success

Kathryn Baker and her business partners, brother Ian and Jamie Simpson, set up Sacred Grounds Coffee Company last year after the self-confessed coffee junkies felt there was a gap in the Angus market 

Case study

Edinburgh technology business scoops an illustrious award

Procure Wizard wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation.

Case study

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