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Business Start-Up: ICT

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

Glasgow

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Edinburgh

Social Media - Twitter

"Helping your business, 140 characters at a time"

Lanarkshire

Bookkeeping

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.

Fife

Introduction to Social Media

Social Media is fundamentally changing the Internet & the way we use it. The technologies are old however the applications and adoptions are new. This workshop offers an introduction to social media

Glasgow

Social Media - Facebook

Learn how to use the definitive social network

Lanarkshire

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Falkirk

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Aberdeen

Digital Marketing Strategy

Learn how to grow your business using the web and social media.

Fife

Facebook for Business (Intermediate) – Digital Boost

This workshop is designed for people who want to deepen their understanding of how Facebook can be used to engage with their target audience in order to boost conversions.

Edinburgh

TripAdvisor

"Are you running a Tourism, Accommodation, Food or Drink business that is thinking about using TripAdvisor? Is your business already listed on TripAdvisor but you are looking to achieve more? Then thi

Dumfries & Galloway

Introduction to Social Media

This workshop will increase your understanding of social media and how it can be used for the benefit of your business.

Ayrshire

Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Glasgow

Introduction to Facebook for Business

This practical Facebook course will assist you in deciding if Facebook is the right social media platform for your business.

Dumfries & Galloway

Profitable Customer Service

This workshop aims to help you deliver a competitive and profitable service through recognising the importance of customer service in attracting and retaining customers.

Lanarkshire

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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

Perth & Kinross

Networking Skills

This workshop will equip you with the networking skills necessary to build effective networks.

Aberdeen

Start up Workshop 2: Marketing and Managing Your Business

This workshop is the second of a 2-part series. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the skills you need and the actions you need to take to market and manage your business.

Ayrshire

Social Media- Basics

This course introduces delegates to social media for business and explains how it fits in with their overall marketing strategy.

Fife

Bookkeeping

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.

Aberdeen

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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.

Guide

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.

Guide

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.

Guide

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.

Guide

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Helensburgh business is a vision of success

When Sheena MacGregor set up The Spex Store her aim was to offer local customers a choice of affordable frames in a friendly environment

Case study

Salar smokehouse is fired up for future growth

Local businessman Iain MacRury is determined to build on Salar Hebridean Smokehouse’s market leading position. 

Case study

Fife business takes off

Four aviation experts launch Scotland’s only full-time ground school for commercial pilots.

Case study

Renfrewshire business reaches new level

Liz McLaggan and Vicky Gallagher set up Level Training Ltd drawing on their combined 30 years’ experience to provide specialised training for the accountancy industry.

Case study

Hebridean blends proving a hit with tea lovers

Sabine Weiten's aromatic tea store is going down a storm with locals and tourists alike.

Case study

Ayrshire optician has an eye on the future

New owners ensure that Ayrshire optician is moving with the times.

Case study

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