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2 Day Business Start Up Workshop

"Over the 2 Days you will understand the need for a Business Plan in starting and running a successful business, be able to describe your business and learn how to present your plan."

West Lothian

Business Start Up

A one and a half day business start-up workshop incorporating: business planning, finance, marketing and market research.

Argyll & Bute

Digital Marketing Strategy - DigitalBoost

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

Edinburgh

Keep your Business Safe Online (Cyber Security Essentials) - DigitalBoost

Find out how to take some simple steps to reduce your chances of being hacked and also how to minimise the impact if your business does suffer a cyber attack.

Renfrewshire

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.

Aberdeen

Producing Engaging Online Content (Intermediate) – DigitalBoost

Producing quality content is an excellent way of helping customers develop a meaningful relationship with your brand, and ultimately boosting sales. Learn to understand, source and measure content.

Edinburgh

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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

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Our six top tips

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018. Here are our six top tips on things SME’s need to be doing right now to prepare for GDPR.

Guide

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS)

On 1 April 2017, HMRC launched the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS) online look up service allowing those who purchase alcohol for onward sale or supply to check that their UK wholesaler is registered.

Guide

Preparing for the new £1 coin

The new pound coin will be introduced in March 2017 and businesses which handle cash will need to prepare this.

Guide

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Business is pick of the crop

Experience gained over the last 27 years helps Magnus Swanson grow his business.

Case study

Moray tax specialist counting on business success

Ewan Edwards set up his own tax and accountancy practice late last year offering a range of professional services 

Case study

Christine takes care of business

A carer who set up her own business providing a range of personal services is steadily growing her client base

Case study

Argyllshire gym owner addresses child obesity with new kids programme

A former navy fitness instructor who opened his own personal training centre six months ago is aiming to help Helensburgh children get fit

Case study

Argyllshire food and drink gets a DigitalBoost

A café at Oban pier is planning to revamp its online presence to expand sales of local food and drink produce

Case study

DigitalBoost delivers success for Edinburgh card company

A couple who began designing and creating unique hand illustrated stationary as a hobby are now racking up to 100 online sales a week

Case study

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