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Tuesday 30th April 6pm  - Annan Town Hall

Annan Solutions Team, based in Annan Business Park was set up in response to the large scale redundancies that resulted from the closure of major Annan employer Pinney’s in 2018.

Dumfries & Galloway Council’s Shelley Bell and Gavin Jones – Economic Development Officers for the DG12 area, and part of the Annan Solutions Team - are working in the region to develop and support Annan Action Plan – a programme looking at what...

The Digital Development Loan was created by the Scottish Government to provide loans to companies who wish to improve their digital capabilities and processes in areas such as cyber security, data analytics and software engineering. The loan also covers staff digital skills development as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve economic productivity. Read all about it https://digitaldevelopmentloan.org/

Setting up a Facebook advert can look pretty daunting at first, but before you take the leap, let's take a beginner’s look at the differences between a Boosted Post and a Facebook Advert. If you prefer to get down and dirty with the detail, however, check out this comprehensive guide.

Did you know that only a very small percentage of the people who like your Facebook page actually see what you post. Sounds a...

Subscribe to the GAP Podcast for business news, interviews and advice on business growth from a Dumfries and Galloway perspective.  Digital marketing is the topic in our first edition - including an interview with Talisa Irving from CN Media. Talisa is a digital marketing expert, having worked in the field on both a freelance basis and delivering successful digital marketing campaigns for various local businesses....

When was the last time you tweaked your Facebook business page? Are you getting the results you want? Your page might have hundreds - or even thousands - of likes, but how many of those potential customers are actually engaging with you?  Spruce up your page with these ten tips and turn those ‘likes’ into sales!

1 – Let’s start by talking about your profile picture and cover picture. If you have a logo that looks good even when viewed on a mobile device, make that your...

In just six months' time, on 25 May 2018, the EU's General Data Protection Laws (GDPR), the successor to the Data Protection Act of 1995 will become enforceable across Europe for all businesses, regardless of size, sector or location. This means you don't have much time to get up to speed with what you need to know to comply with the new regulations.

Under the new regulations, the definition of what constitutes personal data is being expanded to include an individual's genetic,...

Three top quality regional food and drink businesses supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council's Growth Accelerator Programme have been recognised for the quality of their products at this year’s Great Taste Awards.  Judges awarded two stars to Clash Farm Pedigree Saddlebacks for their Red Wine and Fennel Salami. The judges also recognised the quality of Clash Farm's Chorizo,...

Creative Businesses who provide creative services are invited to come along and learn about a proposal by Dumfries and Galloway Council to pilot a Trusted Trader Scheme for the Creative Industries in the Wigtownshire area. The meeting will take place on:

 

Venue: Craft Hotel, Wigtown

Date: 18th July 2017...

The Scottish Microfinance Fund (SMF) is a not for profit lender and specialises in lending to small businesses in Scotland. An ethical lender, SMF believes that every entrepreneur and business owner should have the opportunity to secure funding to support their business growth in Scotland. Interest rates are fixed at 6%pa, with no set up or early payment fees and loans can be repaid from 1 to 5 years.

There are multiple funding options and a team of funding experts to guide you...

Growth Accelerator Programme workshops run regularly throughout Dumfries and Galloway, and are free to attend. Find out what's on this month and book your free place. Topics include Business Strategy, Financial Planning and Accessing Funding for Business Growth http://www.gapdg.co.uk/workshops

As well as providing digital support to Scottish businesses through specialist support and digital guides, Digital Boost has launched a suite of free online tutorials through the Business Gateway channel covering all things digital. This free online tutorial on Digital Marketing Strategy will look to present an overview of the digital marketing landscape and how to to make the most of your digital...

Supplier Development Programme Scotland’s (SDP) annual event returns to Glasgow for 2017, bringing together buyers and suppliers from across the Scottish public sector.  The Supplier Development Programme is partnering with Scottish Government, Scotland Excel and Business Gateway for our 2017 annual Meet The Buyer event at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

This year’s event will see over 60 exhibitors from the public...

Now in its third year, Dumfries and Galloway Business Week this year runs from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th October and features events, workshops and exhibitions to suit every business across the region. One of the flagship events for Business Week is the Business Development Day. This business to business event  takes place on Wednesday 4th October 2017 at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries and will build on one of the most successful events of previous years. This year we’ll be...

Business loan funding of up to £100,000 is available for Dumfries and Galloway businesses from Business Loans Scotland.

Business Loans Scotland is a consortium of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, incorporated as a company limited by guarantee to provide loan finance up to £100,000 to new and growing, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across Scotland.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Chief Executive Gavin Stevenson welcomes the opportunity that Business Loans...

This week, Instagram rolled out a new "carousel" feature to its app. Users can now choose up to 10 photos or videos (or a combination of the two) to feature in a single post. As Instagram explains:

"You no longer have to choose the single best photo or video from an experience you want to remember. Now, you can combine up to 10 photos and videos in one post and swipe through to see them all...