Swot up on your business skills

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IT IS not just the kids going back to school this month, as entrepreneurs across the Borders can brush up on their business skills at a series of free workshops.

The Borders’ business community can access expert advice and support throughout August from the programme of events run by their local Business Gateway office in Selkirk.

The workshops cover a range of issues, including business planning and social media, and will allow networking opportunities with like-minded people in the area.

Isabel Brass of Business Gateway said: “Our workshops are designed specifically so everyone, regardless of business experience, can learn something new and gain knowledge that can help them run and continue to develop a successful business.

“At Business Gateway we are always aware of the key issues facing local entrepreneurs and we tailor our workshop programme to meet these needs.”

All workshops take place at the Selkirk office in Ettrick Riverside from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

They can be booked online through the Business Gateway website, where more information is also available, or by calling 0845 609 6611 or 01835 825600.

A network of business advisers are also available for free help and advice at the local Business Gateway office.This month’s workshops are as follows:

20th – Business start-up: Business planning; 21st – Improve your search engine ranking; 27th – Social networking for business; 28th – Marketing your business; 29th – Bookkeeping.

In September, a total of 16 free workshops are on offer, including repeats of some of those available this month. They also include workshops on finance and building your own website.