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Support for Self-Assessment from HMRC

Leading up to 31 January 2017, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are providing a variety of digital products to support customers who are completing their 2015-16 Self-Assessment tax returns. These include: Self-Assessment help and support live sessions, where customers can listen to live Q&A and submit questions themselves Live webinars on completing the online Self-Assessment return Recorded webinars which can be accessed any time A selection of e-learning packages including topics such as Business Expenses are designed specifically for businesses. There are also a range of short YouTube videos covering topics such as: How to register for Self-Assessment Tailoring your return Class 2 National

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme

Do you run a successful business or social enterprise and are looking to grow? The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education and business support services. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. The programme provides high-quality, practical education specifically tailored to the needs of UK small business leaders. Participants will receive 100 hours of teaching designed by leading experts and delivered through online and residential sessions led by Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, together with Aston University

BWS Live Event - Edinburgh

#BWSLiveEvent is a one day event for women in business hosted by STV newsreader Rachel McTavish. Experience everything you love about BWS Magazine, brought to life with business advice, leadership and interviews with women in business. #BWSLiveEvent encourages entrepreneurship and leadership, helping women to grow in confidence and develop their skills. Spend some time investing in yourself, your business and career. Supported bv Clydesdale Bank, #BWSLiveEvent is for all women in business. What kind of leader are you? We talk about leadership and help women grow in confidence, learn new skills, and develop leadership capability to manage others in business. What kind of a leader are you? Ad

WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE SCOTLAND CALLS FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS ‘SHAMEFUL’ BOARDROOM GENDER GAP

We are calling for collaborative action across the public, private and SME sectors to address the boardroom gender gap in Scotland’s listed trading companies. The call comes in the wake of recent research showing that just 15% of listed company boardroom seats in Scotland are occupied by women, with only 9 female executives employed by those companies. This is well short of the UK target of one third and significantly below the Scottish Government aim of 50%. Lynne Cadenhead Chair of Women’s Enterprise Scotland said, “These statistics are simply shameful and present a poor image of Scotland as a progressive nation and a place for women to fully realise their business potential. At the curre

Elizabeth Martin Tweed

Tracing the footsteps of Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Martin creates a female vernacular for cloth long associated with menswear; stylish and sustainable Harris Tweed. Her designs embody the needs of the discerning woman – effortless, relevant and exquisite elegance. As a woman, there is no better feeling than slipping on a simple but expertly cut garment that inspires immediate confidence and empowerment. This kind of timeless versatility in classic, neutral and tonal colours, is the staple of the Elizabeth Martin Collection. Visit Elizabeth’s website Photography by Matt Brown

Alison Finlay Kinesiology

Alison assists business, professional and academic people to alter their perspective in such a way to allow them to achieve their full potential. Her work is about change and she offers people support and a creative space to identify and explore their unique skill set. It’s about bringing out the best in people. Visit Alison’s website Photography by Juliebee

Kirsty Gillies, Angelic Gluten Free

Angelic Gluten Free is a young ambitious company, specialising in a range of free from cookies, and savoury biscuits, and luxury creams. Our products are made in the North of Scotland using 100% natural ingredients, and products are available in over 350 outlets throughout the UK. Angelic has also recently begun exporting into ten overseas countries including Canada, Finland, Italy and Malaysia, and the companies objective is to become a leading household gluten free brand. Visit the Angelic Gluten Free website

Merle Palmer, Your Scots Past

Your Scots Past provides a professional, friendly and affordable family history research service. I have a post-graduate genealogy qualification combined with many years of practical experience. I offer clients a range of options including tuition, breaking down brick walls, document transcription, house histories and full family history reports. Visit the Your Scots Past website

Marian Dougan, DNA Language

DNA Language is owned and managed by Marian Dougan. Our core business is translations into and from English, Italian and French; editing; web copywriting; and website usability consultancy. Based in Glasgow, the company operates both nationally and internationally, with many clients in Europe. Check out Marian’s award-winning blog too, at Words to Good Effect. Visit the DNA Language website Photography by Juliebee

Jane Bainbridge, CANAPE SCIO

CANAPE (Choosing A New And Positive Employment) SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) works with vulnerable young people aged 16-24 who have offended in the past. We offer three services at present Trauma Therapy Emotional Peer Mentoring Outside and Event catering Our catering helps raise funds to allow us to provide trauma therapy to our young people. It also allows them to gain some practical and valuable work experience on their CV. We are based in South Lanarkshire, but will attend events with around an hours travelling distance. We are keen to raise our profile and in doing so raise funding so that we can support more young people. We are in the process of raising fund

Edith Adam, French Dressing

Founded by Edith Adam, French Dressing offers a unique service to individuals helping them feel and look great, in turn increase their confidence by advising what to wear. Visual Impact is for companies who want to ensure that their employees truly represent the brand values, developing their personal branding and professional image, and that premises also reflect the image and values to staff and visitors. Visit the French Dressing website and the Visual Impact website

Sheena Horner, Galloway Chillies

Galloway Chillies is a small business based in South West Scotland (not far from Wigtown – Scotland’s National Book Town). We grow chilli plants, from the mild through to the super hot, and produce a range of chilli based preserve products for sale to trade and direct to customers. Local sourcing is a core value of the business; we care about our raw ingredients. They are sourced as locally as possible including the chillies we use, which if they are not our own are all British grown. We attend a number of markets in the region and central belt on a regular basis, and we have over 20 regular stockists in Scotland. Visit the Galloway Chillies website

Louise McCarron, Get2Grips with Grants

At Get2Grips with Grants we source and secure grant funding for the 3rd Sector, asking every single client what they’d lovefor their not-for-profit organisation before getting them the funding they need to do it – keep their doors open, develop their service, new projects, resources, facilities, etc. Visit the Get2Grips with Grants website

Clare Cooper and Olivia Robertson, The Home Straight

Moving, downsizing and ageing in place solutions for older people. As we grow older, making a decision about where to live is stressful. We don’t always understand the options available and moving home is particularly taxing, mentally and physically, especially if family members are not close by or able to help.The Home Straight offers a service in Scotland which supports you and your family through this decision making process. Here’s what we can do for you… We want to help you get on with your life, be independent, connected, respected and live, for as long as possible, in your own home. We can help you, whether you want to stay where you are, or, move and downsize to a smaller property,

Geraldine McCullagh, Me-Time Therapies

Geraldine McCullagh runs Me-Time Therapies in Musselburgh, providing Aromatherapy massage, Reflexology and Indian head massage treatments for females. She also teaches various therapy workshops for small groups thorough out the year. Geraldine enjoys being self-employed as likes the freedom of developing her business over the past 18 years. Visit the Me-Time Therapies website

Julie Broadfoot, Juliebee Writing & Photography

I’m Julie Broadfoot, a freelance writer and photographer in Glasgow, working throughout Scotland and the UK. Wielding a camera the size of my head, I focus on natural, creative photography of people, events, weddings and the corporate world. I can help you promote your company or cause in the press, on social media, on your website and in marketing materials. I take flattering photos that my clients love to show off. The other half of my creative brain is devoted to writing. I conjure up features and blogs, write and edit website content, brochures and biographies for businesses and publications, and attempt wit within the confines of 140 characters. My clients include the BBC, Glasgow 2014,

Gloria Murray, Murray Associates

We are small business specialists dedicated to help you increase your profit and achieve the lifestyle you want. Our mission statement is ‘to create profitable small businesses that sustain local communities, provide progressive work opportunities and care for the planet’. Visit the Murray Associates website

Nicky Marr, Writer and Broadcaster

I’m Nicky Marr, a writer, broadcaster, event host, coach, media trainer and voice-over artist. I’m based in Inverness and work all over the Highlands, Moray and beyond! I write a weekly column for six of the Scottish Provincial Press titles across the north of Scotland. I have a huge portfolio of activities – interviewing business leaders, hosting awards ceremonies, broadcasting and so on. My ‘media crofting career’ is great fun! Visit Nicky’s website

Fiona McLellan, Pharos Parcel

Pharos Parcel is an online parcel delivery company that can send documents and parcels from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in the world at discounted prices. We are now opening one stop parcel and post shops. The first one in Perth to caters for businesses or anyone who wants to send letters and parcels cost effectively without queuing in the Post Office. Visit the Pharos Parcel website

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