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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 Weekend Course - 2 day

To provide an overview of what is involved in putting together an effective business plan and starting up a business.



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.


Accounting and Record Keeping

A half day practical workshop for anyone new to setting up and running business finances.

Western Isles

Digitise Your Business Processes

Digitise Your Business Processes


Business Expenses - What Can I Claim?

This half day session is designed for Sole Traders/Self Employed persons who wish to find out how Self-Assessment works.

West Lothian

eCommerce (Intermediate) – DigitalBoost

A valuable workshop detailing practical steps that will help you increase the effectiveness of your eCommerce presence so you can grow your business.


Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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

Dumfries & Galloway

Business Start-Up: Awareness Seminar

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



Marketing Databases.


Business Start-Up: Finance

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

East Renfrewshire

Business Start-Up: ICT

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


Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

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


Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

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


LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

Want to boost your business with LinkedIn? We’ll take you beyond networking by showing you how it can market your products and promote your brand.


Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.

Scottish Borders



Perth & Kinross

Digitise Your Business Processes - DigitalBoost

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


Start Up Finance & Planning

"This workshop will help you get to grips with working the basics of running your business, making sure that everything is in place for your start date and ensuring that your business has the best cha

Dumfries & Galloway

Build your Own Business Website

This workshop is aimed at businesses with little or no website experience, but a desire to start building an online presence


Improve your Website Performance

This workshop will help you understand what customers want from your website


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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 Cambuslang garage is a family affair

Being let go from his job gave Sam Lyttle the drive he needed to set up his own garage.

Case study

Ayr restaurant serves up a taste of Thailand

With a healthy stream of bookings and a list of rave reviews, there is no doubt Ayr restaurant @Home Thai and Grill has been doing all the right things

Case study

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

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