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Practical Business Support & Advice

Whether you are planning to start a new tourism business, have recently opened or have been in operation for several years, you will find valuable information about developing your business in this section.

The following links will provide you with practical support, information and advice. Whether you need help with planning and operating your business, marketing your business more effectively, quality standards, legislation guidance or more specific advice. These organisations and businesses can offer specialist advice which could prove invaluable to you.

Business Gateway: Practical advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland, whether you want to start up a business or want assistance with your existing business. Business Gateway also offers up-to-date training opportunities for tourism business and information on grants and funding

Fife Council: Fife Council's business portal, offering information, support and resources to the Fife business community

Scottish Enterprise: Scotland's main economic, enterprise, innovation and investment agency, aiming to stimulate the sustainable growth of Scotland's economy.

• Scottish Enterprise's sector-specific pages of advice and resources for the tourism industry.
• Scottish Enterprise's directory of funding opportunities for the tourism sector.

VisitScotland: VisitScotland is the national tourism agency in Scotland and is responsible for marketing Scotland, running the Visitor Information Centre network and engaging with the tourism industry. Through their products and services they can help you get to your target market more efficiently and provide resources that assist in improving your business.

Energy Saving Trust: An advice centre providing businesses and organisations with free, impartial sustainable energy advice to help reduce their running costs and environmental impact. Loan Action Scotland provides loans from £5,000 to £100,000 at 0% fixed interest to help finance energy saving measures. The scheme is aimed at Scottish companies that fall within the EC definition of Small & Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Business Mentoring: Run in partnership with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Business Mentoring provides a pool of mentors from a wide range of business sectors who are available to support, stimulate and challenge your business. Companies are carefully matched to experienced and successful business people, by assessing their business development objectives and matching these with a mentor who has the experience and skills required to meet these needs. Mentors' time is provided on a voluntary basis.

Venture Navigator: A free online business support service offering business information resources and business assessments for creating and growing a new business. VentureNavigator also provides assistance for new businesses via a community of entrepreneurs sharing startup advice

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