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Guides for business

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Insights for growth

Articles, case studies and advice to help you expand your business.

Mastering Selling Skills

This course aims to improve your selling skills, thereby increasing sales.


Successful Marketing and Promotion

This workshop will show you how best to market your business to attract more customers, increase your sales and improve your bottom line


Effective Business Record Keeping

This workshop will help you to run your business finances more efficiently and ensure you are compliant with tax law


Practical Basic Book-Keeping

This workshop deals with practical basic book-keeping and shows how bookkeeping is used to generate the financial information needed for Income Tax, VAT, PAYE and National Insurance contributions.

Argyll & Bute

Email Marketing (Intermediate) - DigitalBoost

Being able to engage your customers in conversation is a key way to create sales. This workshop is ideal for people currently using email but not to its full potential.

Dumfries & Galloway

Web and Social Media Analytics - DigitalBoost

This workshop (previously called Website Analytics) unlocks Google analytics so you can clearly see where your website traffic is coming from and why, transforming your website’s effectiveness.

Argyll & Bute

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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.


Business rates and the 2017 revaluation – Scotland

Business rates are charged on most non-domestic properties, such as shops, offices, warehouses, and factories amongst others.


Workplace Pensions – Auto Enrolment

The law on workplace pensions changed recently. Every employer with at least one member of staff now has new responsibilities.


Cyber Resilience Toolkit

Technology has revolutionised small and medium sized businesses. It improves efficiency and is a channel to access a national and global base of customers.


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Caithness florist in full bloom

Sandra Coghill set up Flower Daze, a florist and gift shop based in Bower earlier this year.

Case study

Former fire fighters' new venture takes flight

A former fire fighter of 30 years has turned his lifelong hobby of falconry into a popular business

Case study

Fife business provides a helping hand

Realising he wanted to help young people achieve their goals, Tim Mart launched DotCoach in 2015.

Case study

A plaice for Moray to be proud of

Darren Boothroyd has been running Fochabers Fish Bar with his wife and daughters since 2013 and since that time has won a raft of awards, 

Case study

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