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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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How Business Gateway helped Jordan and Grant grow their tech venture

Balloch based Ngage Technology is generating interest at home and overseas in its ground-breaking Smart Concierge hospitality app.

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How Business Gateway helped Celia get her social enterprise moving

With support from Business Gateway, East Lothian social enterprise, Hey Girls, is now racing along. 

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How Business Gateway helped Alison create her start-up strategy

When Alison Brown was opening her cake and coffee shop in Newmilns she looked to Business Gateway for help.

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Audiobook opens new market for local author

A former Royal Navy bomb disposal expert has launched his first audiobook.

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Innovative ideas spark competition success for Stirling businesses

Two Stirling businesses pick up awards.

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Chocolate business a tasty success

Rebecca Wilson launches a chocolate business following voluntary redundancy.

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