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2 Day Start Your Own Business

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



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.


Facebook for Business from Scratch - STRANRAER

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

Dumfries & Galloway

Expenses - What can I claim?

This half day session is designed for Sole Traders/Self Employed persons who wish to know how their tax is calculated.


Start Up Day

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


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.

Western Isles

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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 helps breathe new life into Carly's career

Using HypnoBirthing™ techniques in labour inspired Carly to re-train.

Case study

Former civil servant unlocks new career

Falkirk residents will shortly be able to break their way out of a post-apocalyptic world.

Case study

Family mould new future by firing up former pottery

One of the most famous potteries on the Outer Hebrides has re-opened its doors.

Case study

Business hits the right note in Inverness

A love of music led Paul Bowie to open his own music shop.

Case study

Business puts Rebecca in the frame

A love of photographing sportsmen and women led Rebecca Lee to become a freelance photographer.

Case study

Expanding client base hits the right notes

A love of music has helped two brothers establish a leading tour and artist management company.

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