Gateway encourgage New Year business growth

West Lothian businesses looking to grow will benefit from attending one or more of a range of practical Business Gateway seminars this winter.

Covering all aspects of running a successful company, from marketing and website optimisation to exporting and finance, the free workshop programme aims to enhance entrepreneurs’ skills and help them create strategies to develop their businesses.

Alongside the seminar programme and website, business owners in West Lothian, who are looking to expand their ventures, can also tap into one-to-one tailored advice from Business Gateway’s experienced business advisers.

Running from November to December, the winter workshop programme takes place in Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston and includes:

· Get Real Results From Your Website – 20th November, 9:00 – 12:00. This course gives you an understanding of what makes a good website, the human and technical sides and how they influence how a site is designed and managed.

· Improve Your Search Engine Ranking – 27th November, 9:00 – 12:00. Find out how search engine optimisation techniques can help you improve your search engine ranking, attract more visitors and improve your website’s performance.

· Maximising Staff Performance - 27th November, 9:00 – 12:30. This workshop will look at ways to maximise staff performance through effective performance management.

· Marketing on a Shoestring – 4th December, 9:00 – 12:00. A basic introduction to marketing that focuses on low cost effective options that give real results

Alice Sinnet, Manager, Business Gateway said: “With New Year on the horizon it’s the perfect time of year for entrepreneurs to evaluate their skills to ensure they’re armed with the knowledge they need to help them reach their business goals in 2013.

“Our workshops have been designed to address issues that are being faced by local businesses and will help entrepreneurs refresh their skills, fill any knowledge gaps they might have and provide them with the information they need that will help their companies grow and prosper.”

For more information on how Business Gateway can help your business grow and prosper, and to find a full list of workshops taking place in your area, visit or call your local office on 01506 777 400.