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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.

Getting your first website

An interactive practical workshop taking you through how to build a basic website for your business. As this event is interactive, please bring along a laptop.

East Renfrewshire

Get Real Results From Your Website

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


Start-Up Day Workshop

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


Advertising with Social Media

Want to quickly build a relevant fan base or an active email list? Want to generate sales straight away?





Business Start-Up: ICT

This workshop aims to give you the knowledge to recognise where information technology can help you operate more effectively.


Start your Own Business

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


Introduction to Social Media - DigitalBoost

Understand how to use social media effectively for your business!


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: Finance

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

Scottish Borders

Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

"Digital marketing can deliver real world business growth, and this workshop will show you a practical strategy for success."

Scottish Borders

Start Up Awareness & Market Research

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

Dumfries & Galloway

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


Advanced Social Media - DigitalBoost

Use your existing social media platforms more effectively to promote and grow your business!


Basic Bookkeeping

This workshop equips you with an understanding of business expenses and explains why keeping financial records are so important to the success of your business.

Dumfries & Galloway

eCommerce (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

Decide how best to sell your product(s) on line. Understand the pros and cons of various channels and how to measure the effectiveness of an eCommerce presence. A follow on from the ‘Trading Online’


Becoming an Employer

This workshop aims to help you understand the process of employing people. It will also deal with legal obligations and point you in the direction of further assistance.


Mastering Selling Skills

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

East Lothian

Time Management

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


Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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


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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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Miller Masonry carves out position in Wigtownshire

Following six years at Historic Scotland Chris Miller decided the time was right to take the plunge and start his own business.

Case study

Renfrewshire business hits the perfect level

Liz McLaggan and Vicky Gallagher may only have launched their business a few months ago, but already the Renfrewshire pair have picked up a host of clients.

Case study

Rachel fuses her love of art glass with Borders business opportunity

Discovering the visitor centre at Harestanes inspired Rachel Collins to launch a new business.

Case study

EK dance school taps into new markets

Former National Youth Dance Company of Scotland member launches dance school.

Case study

Branding company puts its stamp on the Far East

Branding consultancy helps unique Scottish product get a foothold in Asia.

Case study

New deal is pitch perfect for Fife business

A Fife business has signed an exclusive deal with a leading chain of opticians.

Case study

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