business-hubWild Scotland’s Business Advice Hub

At Wild Scotland we want to help you make the most out of your business. That’s why we’ve worked to collect these resources for you in one place. Whether you’re looking for day-to-day advice or you’re more interested in industry reports you’ll find it all here.

 

 

 


General Business Advice

These businesses give general business advice, whether you’re a new start or an old hat.

Business Gateway:
Offers practical day-to-day advice for all your business needs.

Website  |  Phone – 0845 609 6611

FirstPort
Offers you business support and advice for new  social entrepreneurs across Scotland.

Website  | Phone – 0131 220 0511 or 0845 478 6336

SENscot:
Builds and services a network to help social entrepreneurs become more effective.

Website  |  Phone – 0131 220 4104

Just Enterprise:
Assisting social enterprises who show the greatest potential to grow and develop sustainability.

Website  |  Phone – 0141 425 2939

 


Understanding Your Customers

Improving your business can be more easily achieved when you know what your customers are looking for. These materials are all designed to give you an insight into what visitors look for on their holidays.

International Tourists

There has been a dramatic increase in visitor coming from China to see Scotland. Is your business ready for them?

Find out more here.

Customer Surveys

Ever wanted to get feedback from visitors? Visit Scotland conducted a huge survey in 2015 to gather feedback.

Find out more here.

Trends and Insights

Visit Scotland provide you with insider information about the trends of tourists in 2016.

Find out more here.

 


Making the Most out of Your Staff

Our Skills Force – General Staffing

Making sure you have the right staff for your business is vital to success. Our Skills Force is a one stop shop for all your staffing needs from early recruitment to training and development.

Find out more here.

Interns

If you’re looking to hire staff on a seasonal basis Adopt an Intern provides a great way to do so. Read how Absolute Escapes took advantage of the adopt an intern scheme here.

Find out how to get involved here.

 


Growing Your Business

Improvement Academy

The Scottish Enterprise run a Business Improvement Academy  for any one wanting to make changes and refine their business.

Read about it here.

Consultation Service

Business Gate offer a consultation service  to help businesses evaluate the trends in their field and to make changes their business as a result.

Find out more and sign up here.

Skills for Growth

Our Skills Workforce offer a free service for businesses with 5-20 employees called Skills for Growth. The service will evaluate current staff skills and then help you find funding and training to help you grow and develop your current work force.

Read about Skills for Growth here.

 


Accreditation Schemes

Quality Assurance Scheme

VisitScotland offer a Quality Assurance Scheme to help cutomers know you are a high quality business.

Take part here.

Taste our Best

Taking part in Taste our Best offers you the chance to be recognised for your locally sourced produce. this gives you the chance to stand apart and be recognised as a part of Scotland’s very best food and drink experiences.

Take part here.

 


Applying for Funding

Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive

Scotland’s Employer Recruitment Incentive targets support at unemployed young people. It offers employers up to £4,000 when their company commits to a new job or new Modern Apprentice. If the company pays the young person the living wage there will be an additional payment of £500. This incentive is not a handout to companies – it is a co-investment in young people with a view to helping businesses grow.

For more information see here.

SME Loan Scheme

The SME Loan Scheme can be used to help with a financial contribution towards your energy, water and waste saving equipment and systems. To see how other businesses have used the loan visit the Resource Efficient Scotland website.

Check your eligibility here.

 


Going Green

We at Wild Scotland strive to always be green. To learn more about becoming a green business, visit Green Tourism’s website.

 


Your Digital Footprint

These resources could help you give your digital presence a boost.

Introduction to Online Marketing Guide

Find out how to target a wide audience at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing with this free AdviceLink guide.

Available here.

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Take some time to review your website with David Sim, an IT project director. Let him help  you identify areas for improvement on your website.

Click here to start your website MOT.

Want to know more about how tourists use websites and what they’re looking for? Scottish Enterprise recently hosted a webinar that answers all your questions.

You can read about it here.

Digital Review

Participants of VisitScotland Quality Assurance Scheme can take advantage of their Digital Review. One-to-One advice about the different tools available and suggestions of areas of change and improvement.

Get advice here.

 Digital Boost Health Check

Digital Boost Health Check is an easy 10 minute online survey will help you find out where technology could fit into your business and improve your performance, profits and people. Available to everyone.

Find out more here.

 


Social Media

Social Media Support

Digital Tourism Scotland offer a range of support specifically aimed at tourism businesses to help you make the most of new digital opportunities.

Find out more here.

The Spirit of Scotland

The Spirit of Scotland is a new global campaign to promote the mystic, spiritual and emotional aspects of Scotland.

Get Involved with #ScotSpirit Campaign here.

 


Industry Research

Wild Scotland Reports & Statistics

Wild Scotland carries out a series of reports and consultations with it’s members. Responses include feedback on training and workshops to seasonal reviews.

Read more here.

Adventure Travel Trade Association Research

The Adventure Travel Trade Association has reports published regarding how to attract overseas tourist, tourism development indexs and booking systems to name only a few.

To see a full listing click here.

VisitScotland

Research and Statistics provide information and analysis on Scotland’s visitors, markets and tourism industry, drawn from VisitScotland’s extensive research activities.

To read more click here.

Adventure Tourism in Scotland – commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise

This report presents the findings of a wide ranging study to: assess the scale and scope of Adventure Tourism activity across Scotland (2015)

Read the PDF here.

Cycle Tourism Forum

The Cycle Tourism Forum was developed to aid the delivery and promotion of cycling tourism in Scotland. They commissioned a report on the economic value of leisure cycle tourism.

To find out more, click here.

Reconomics

A report on the economic impact of outdoor recreation in Great Britain.

To find out more, click here.