business support, public sector, small business, training

Put your best ‘FEAT’ forward – and start your own business

BUDDING entrepreneurs are being encouraged to put their best “FEAT” forward . . . and attend a very special event.

The Small Business Gateway Start Your Own Business Show takes place in Grangemouth this Friday, March 9.

It is being hosted by Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT) in its premises in Newhouse Business Park, with the backing of Scottish Enterprise Forth

Anyone who wants to start their own business is being encouraged to come along. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is completely FREE.

Entrepreneurs, financial advisers and business experts will be on hand to offer advice and information. There will also be practical tips on marketing a new business – as well as details on how to access local training courses. Visitors will even get the chance to try out the internet in FEAT’s new £90,000 e-business suite.

The show has been organised as part of FEAT’s work to provide Small Business Gateway services to the Falkirk area on behalf of the
local enterprise company.

The Gateway is run across Scotland by the Scottish Enterprise Network and its partners to provide a range of support and services – many free – to new and growing businesses. You can access the Gateway by visiting a centre such as FEAT or by logging onto

As part of the open day, the Gateway’s information service will be on hand to provide useful facts and figures to budding business people. You will also be able to find out about the extra support available to you through groups like Enterprising Falkirk, the
Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) and Falkirk Council.

There will also be workshops on developing business ideas and marketing your new organisation. Anyone interested should register a place, as spaces are limited.

Sandy Riddell, the director of FEAT, said: “Anyone thinking about starting their own business should attend this event. If you’ve wanted to be your own boss for years – this is YOUR chance to find out how to do it.”

Lorna Jack, the chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley, said: “The Small Business Gateway aims to support and encourage people to start and grow their own businesses. We hope this show will provide the information and inspiration to set any visitor on
the road to success.”

If you would like further information about the Small Business Gateway Start Your Own Business Show, or want to book a place on a workshop, please contact Mandy Campbell at FEAT on 01324 665500.