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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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East Dunbartonshire florist is blossoming

An award-winning East Dunbartonshire florist that specialises in weddings and events is celebrating 10 years in business.

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Inverclyde financial expert figures out next move

An Inverclyde accountant is reaping the rewards of starting his own business after being made redundant.

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Software set to generate interest from offshore windfarms

An Aberdonian project planning consultancy has developed ground-breaking software.

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Lifestyle expert launches stylish new business in Coatbridge

Looking for a career change led Jillian Letham to launch her own business.

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Drama therapy a class act in Moray

Emma Sharpe set up Dragonfly Drama, offering individual and group dramatherapy, youth theatre and training sessions in 2016. 

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Angus interiors expert designs new future

Jane Adams from Farnell near Brechin launched Author this year.

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