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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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East Dunbartonshire business organises for the future

Kate Galbally set up Better Organised after a long career working for others.

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Seaweed provides the perfect tonic for Barra's first gin company

Michael Morrison produces a gin inspired by a seaweed pudding.

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Dundee business engineers growth

Alan Ramsay and Chris McKellican set up Dundee based A&C Precision in 2014 and have undertaken a significant growth strategy.

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Couple are right at home running Highland guest house

Julie and Kevan Da’Bell opened Salmon Landings, a guest house on the road to Strathy Point Lighthouse, last year.

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Business is the perfect catch

David Polson is making waves with its artisan air-dried salted cod.

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Support helps Emma translate growth plans

Spotting a gap in the market helps Emma's business grow

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