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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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Architect in the spirit for growth

A Helensburgh architects firm who specialise in new whisky distilleries is targeting further growth

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Cake maker set to whip up a right royal treat for Aberdeen's elderly

An Aberdeen cake maker set to make the Royal wedding special for Aberdeen’s elderly.

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Healthy science at the heart of chocolate venture

A scientist who worked in cancer research has used his biochemistry skills to create a healthier chocolate bar.

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New role isn't child's play for Inverurie mum

An Inverurie business amasses over thousands of likes on Facebook a month before opening.

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Game on as Fife business kicks off Futsal franchise across Scotland

A Fife-business is helping nearly 400 children learn Futsal.

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Whisky provides barrels of success for Fife business

New manufacturing base provides space to make gifts from whisky barrels.

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