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2 Day Start Your Own Business

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


New Business Start-up (2 days)

This workshop is designed for anyone who has just started in business or is thinking about starting.


Facebook for business from scratch - CASTLE DOUGLAS

In this workshop you’ll learn about Facebook for Business from the ground up, No previous experience or knowledge is required.

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Facebook for Business (Intermediate) – DigitalBoost

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.


Business Start-Up: Marketing

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


WordPress for Beginners

Develop a business website using WordPress, the world’s most popular website software.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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Business set to help children grow

Company provides enriched outdoor and play experiences for children with additional needs.

Case study

Seaweed provides diver with an all natural business idea

Infusing seaweed with coconut oil helped a diver launch cosmetic line.

Case study

Renfrewshire husband and wife team counting on success

Husband and wife team Chris and Michelle Allan set up C Allan & Son Accountancy Services in 2013, a few months after their first child was born.

Case study

Moray salon owner shares her secrets for success

Lois Morris set up her unisex hairdressing salon Your Chair Styling with a special quiet room to make the experience as stress free as possible for children with autism and adults with anxiety issues.

Case study

Fife mum whips up vegan bakery

When her son developed severe food allergies, Louise Baxter began whipping up birthday cakes he could enjoy.

Case study

Husband and wife raise a glass to business success

Harbro Events was started like many good ideas are - after a good few drams of whisky. 

Case study

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