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Whatever your business needs, there’s a fully funded event near you.

Guides for business

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Insights for growth

Articles, case studies and advice to help you expand your business.

Start Up Day

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


Effective Business Record Keeping

This workshop will help you to run your business finances more efficiently


Introduction to Book-keeping

This course will assist new and existing small business owners who have little or no previous bookkeeping experience in developing a bookkeeping system that is suitable for their needs. Delegates will


Effective eCommerce - DigitalBoost

Want to grow your business? Not sure about selling online? This workshop will arm you with valuable skills and information that will help you increase the effectiveness of your eCommerce presence.

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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.


Email Marketing (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

Being able to engage your customers in conversation is a key way to create sales. This workshop is ideal for people currently using email but not to its full potential.


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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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Luxury glamping site opens in Larbert

Funding to diversify an arable farm helps a family create a glamping site.

Case study

Local company's pattern for growth gets a DigitalBoost

DigitalBoost helps business more than double its social media following.

Case study

Florist helps Edinburgh children blossom

Workshops help highlight the therapeutic nature of floral art. 

Case study

Expansion plans booked in for five-star B&B

A bed and breakfast has invested £75k to expand into the self-catering market.

Case study

New Sales Force Lights Up Ayrshire Candle Company

An Ayrshire candle company now has 5000 sales representatives across the country selling directly to its customer base.

Case study

Clackmannanshire catering firm going the whole hog

Former Army chef launches hog roast catering firm.

Case study

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