Your business idea

Becoming your own boss is both an exciting yet daunting prospect, making that leap from employment to self-employment means there is a lot to think about in the process of taking your business idea through to becoming a reality.

Our team of Advisers are here to help you down the route and our series of free workshops provide invaluable support.

Workshops and Events

Within the Scottish Borders, we want to help you achieve your goals. Our programme of fully-funded Start-Up Workshops are an ideal chance to learn the essential facts of starting up on your own, covering areas such as market research, planning your business, financial forecasting through to book-keeping and successfully marketing your business. To find out more about our workshop dates or call 01835 818 215.

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Developing your business plan

Whilst your Business Plan needs to be clear and concise, you can't know everything before you start. As your business idea develops, so will your plan. To help you and others it's best for it to be formally written down and covers your business, the objectives and goals, your strategy to achieve these, where your market is, who are your customers, and the projected financial forecasts. The plan is there to not only help you focus, stay on track and measure success but also to let others know your thoughts, e.g. if you're trying to secure external funding.

Our local advisers have many years of experience getting this right so why not speak to them for advice?

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Access to Business Information and Market Intelligence

Your local Business Gateway office has access to an extensive list of commercial databases and can also help you identify where to find important information to support your business plan.

Knowing your market is a crucial area for any business. Our free Market Research Reports help you pinpoint what your customers want, what your competitors are offering, and even profiles the key players in your field and highlights product developments. It also covers statistics on the market size, segmentation and trends in your sector and highlights any current issues affecting your market so you can be sure you're relevant and desirable.

Most of our services are free and are available to you at any stage of development, so why not talk to us and let us use our expertise at sourcing free business information or market intelligence for you.


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