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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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Luxury glamping site opens in Larbert

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

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Local company's pattern for growth gets a DigitalBoost

DigitalBoost helps business more than double its social media following.

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Florist helps Edinburgh children blossom

Workshops help highlight the therapeutic nature of floral art. 

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Expansion plans booked in for five-star B&B

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

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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.

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Clackmannanshire catering firm going the whole hog

Former Army chef launches hog roast catering firm.

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