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2 Day Start Your Own Business

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


Video Production for Social Media - DigitalBoost

Video captures people's attention online and is becoming increasingly important for engaging with potential, or real, clients.

West Lothian

Twitter & Hootsuite (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

A workshop for businesses that already use Twitter as part of their digital marketing strategy, and wish to produce more engaging content, reach a wider audience and measure the effectiveness.


GDPR & Keep Your Business Safe Online - DigitalBoost

Find out the simple steps you can take to keep your business and its information safe. Safe from hackers, safe from cyber attack and safe from infringing the new General Data Protection Regulation.


Business Start-Up: Business Planning

This workshop will help you create a robust business plan.


Cloud for Business Essentials - DigitalBoost

Your back office and technology requirements need to be secure, scalable and cost-effective. This course will help you discover or improve a strategy to achieve just that.


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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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Move online provides business with the sweet smell of success

A Falkirk business projects its turnover will increase eight times over to £3.6m by 2021.

Case study

Orkney tours are perfect fit for food lover

Jane Ellison and Paul Hudd launched J P Orkney after moving to the island.

Case study

Funding helps youth group establish social enterprise

A social enterprise has been launched by a local youth group after securing funding worth nearly £200k.

Case study

It's a family affair as siblings toast new gin business

A brother and sister with a crofting background have set up a craft distillery along the North Coast 500 route.

Case study

Kate draws on hobby to launch new venture

A professional musician and teacher with a lifelong love of all things maritime has combined her hobbies of collecting shells and painting to launch a new venture.

Case study

Dunoon candle shop is burning bright

A candle maker who turned her hobby into a business is celebrating opening her new shop in Dunoon.

Case study

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