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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 puts Gavin in the frame

On returning from Japan, Gavin Hugh decided to launch a video production business.

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Expansion and award nomination help baker rise to the top

Local cake baker secures finalist position and first High Street premises.

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Pigging engineer swaps pipes for pork

Mark Reynolds brings home the bacon after redundancy.

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Fife business set to bloom

Four years of study led Rosy Rapacova to set up her own herbal medicine clinic. 

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Sweet success for Nairn business

Combining her love for sweets, cocktails and cooking helped a mum-of-two launch a business.

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New mum uncovers luxury product

Gaining the confidence to breastfeed in public inspired Dee Drysdale to design a feeding cover.

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