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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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Fife pair weave their way to growth

Erika Douglas and Jimmy Hutchison are handloom weavers based in Newburgh, Fife who make their work on a Thomas Kennedy handloom built in Galashiels in the early 1900s.

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Brothers land tasty business on the Isle of Scalpay

Two brothers have launched a business that provides visitors to the Isle of Scalpay and Harris with a unique opportunity to buy live shellfish.

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West Lothian couple sees cafe's popularity rise

A former retained firefighter and his partner have set the West Lothian hospitality sector alight, welcoming nearly 31k customers through the doors of their café.

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New online business adds up for former accountant

A Chartered Certified Accountant who set up an online marketplace to showcase small businesses is hoping to start a revolution in online shopping.

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Fife researcher is hoping his business will translate into global success

University of Cambridge post-graduate researcher, Oliver Scott, runs a technical translation and editing company from Portuguese to English based in St Andrews. 

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East Lothian business revs into gear

Moyra and Allan Ramsay set up Customized Choppers in 2006. Here, they share with us the story behind the business.

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