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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 helps breathe new life into Carly's career

Using HypnoBirthing™ techniques in labour inspired Carly to re-train.

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Former civil servant unlocks new career

Falkirk residents will shortly be able to break their way out of a post-apocalyptic world.

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Family mould new future by firing up former pottery

One of the most famous potteries on the Outer Hebrides has re-opened its doors.

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Business hits the right note in Inverness

A love of music led Paul Bowie to open his own music shop.

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Business puts Rebecca in the frame

A love of photographing sportsmen and women led Rebecca Lee to become a freelance photographer.

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Expanding client base hits the right notes

A love of music has helped two brothers establish a leading tour and artist management company.

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