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LaserFlair

LaserFlair owner, Jane Banks, is the fifth in our Businesses Branching Out blog series, where we ask the owners of growing Fife businesses to share their journey so far, lessons learnt along the way and amusing incidents! LaserFlair are laser...

Awesome New Acorns

Here we go again, say hi to the Awesome New Acorns on our 7th 20 week Business Accelerator Programme, in Fife! We're be working with these new Acorns (business owners) over the next 20 weeks to develop their: confidence, business skills and clarity.

Acorn Enterprise 2016 Review!

2016 is coming to an end so we've taken some time out to reflect on yet another special year here at Acorn Enterprise, as we work relentlessly towards our mission of growing Scotland's entrepreneurial culture!

Sales Tips for New Business Owners

What sort of words would you use to describe "sales"? Sadly in our experience, your answers are probably negative. However, as a business owner, you need to make sales to survive and grow. If you don't have customers, you don't have a business.

Optos

Douglas Anderson, founder of Optos plc, is the fifth in our Businesses Branching Out blog series, where we ask the owners of growing Fife businesses to share their journey so far, lessons learnt along the way and amusing incidents!

Do Your Research...

Before you make a major purchase or investment, surely you'd do your research? Before buying a house, a car, or buying a holiday, you would look around, compare offerings and check out reviews? So why is this common-sense approach often abandoned...

Our Awesome New Acorns!

Say hi to the Awesome new Acorns (participants) on our 6th 20 week Business Accelerator Programme!

Startup: Accelerate Your New Business!

During this exciting event, which Acorn Enterprise is running during Fife Business Week 2016, in partnership with Liberty Business Centres, we will explore what running your own business is really like. Acorn Enterprise are the experts in...

Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Summit

“Commerce is the engine of civilisation - it drives progress and can eliminate poverty and tackle societal issues”, exclaims Mick Jackson, Founder of Wildhearts and walking enthusiasm bomb! He continues, “Business must DO good-  it cannot be...

How Is Acorn Enterprise Funded?

Since we launched Acorn Enterprise in 2013, we have worked with over 160 businesses. Unlike the vast majority of the other players in the Scottish Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Acorn Enterprise is NOT Government-funded and uses no grant funding of any...

Scaramanga

Carl Morenikeji, owner of Scaramanga, is the fourth in our Businesses Branching Out blog series, where we ask the owners of growing Fife businesses to share their journey so far, lessons learnt along the way and amusing incidents!

Who Should I Ask for Advice About My New Business?

When it comes to running your own business, one thing that can help your start-up business really thrive is getting the right advice. Unfortunately, in our experience, there is a lot of bad advice out there!

'I'll Be Back!": 5 Tips for Success From Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Bodybuilder, actor, businessman, politician and activist. Just a few of the roles held by one of my (childhood) heroes, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Whilst I knew a little about each of these pursuits, it wasn't until I heard him speak in Edinburgh a few...

9 Business Books for New Business Owners

When you're just starting out, there is so much to learn, so much to do and so many great books that we could recommend that you read. Here are 9 for you, recommended by some of our 'Awesome Acorns'!

Acorn Enterprise 2015 Highlights

Since we launched in June 2013, we have worked with over 140 new and growing businesses in Central Scotland. We have also worked with several Colleges and Universities and with some other really cool organisations and people. This blog will take a...

Lessons Learnt From Michael E. Gerber

There are men and then there are legends. Michael E. Gerber is the latter. According to INC Magazine, he is the "World's number 1 small business guru"; he is also the author of the best-selling small business book of all time, "The E-Myth...

Is It All About Businesses of Scale?

Do you know what size of businesses in the UK account for: 99.3% of all private sector businesses? 48% of private sector employment? And a third of of private sector turnover? We’ll give you a clue, it’s not the corporates or “businesses of...

3 Free Tools to Help New Businesses Create A Professional Image!

Part of our job is to help start-up business owners make the best use of the multitude of online tools to leverage their time, create a presence through awesome marketing and stand out from their competitors. Therefore, this week’s blog will look...

How Do I Promote My New Business?

5 marketing activities to promote your new business: a website, newsletter, blogging, social media and networking.

How Do I Promote My New Business?

Another question we get asked a lot is, “How do I Promote My Start-up/New Business?” Before we look at any marketing activities themselves, let's set the scene by exploring three areas a lot of start-up business owners miss out: the customer,...

Help, Support And Advice for New Business In Fife

Acorn Enterprise has worked with well over 140 start-ups and new businesses in Fife, and the surrounding areas, since we launched in 2013. One question we get asked a lot is, "what help and support is there for my new business in Fife?"

3 Lessons Learnt From Our Meeting with Jim McColl OBE - Owner of Clydeblowers
I Thought I Understood Content Marketing...

Having graduated with a First Class Marketing degree 4 years ago and continued to develop my knowledge in this space, by reading blogs, listening to podcasts and attending events, I thought I had a relatively firm grasp on marketing in 2015. This...

5th 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme  - Fife

What started off as a conversation over coffee has now turned into an organisation dedicated to growing Scotland's start-up business culture, Acorn Enterprise! In the past two years, we have worked with over 60 businesses, who we call "Acorns",...

The Scottish Business Ecosystem

"Why don't we pilot an intensive 20 week Business Accelerator Programme for startup businesses in Fife?". "Ok, Jerry, let's do this!" I exclaimed. Who would've thought a coffee, and an idea to accelerate new businesses over two years ago,...

The F-Word for Small Businesses

Don't worry, this blog is not rude but you may feel we are because we're going to be direct and blunt with you about why your business might be losing sales. Let's start off with a disclaimer: running your own business is tough. There is so much to...

Why Should I Buy From Your New Business?

In our experience, a lot of small business owners are not good at answering this question. They feel like I am trying to trip them up or as if I have caught them off guard by asking them this. The truth is I’m not. And neither are you customers....

Empowerment

I mentioned in last week’s blog post that the sales process can involve rejection or objections from prospective customers. And in this blog, we'll look at how to deal with this by exploring the other side of the "No" coin for small business...

Try Again!

When you hear the word, "No", how do you feel? "No", is arguably one of the most powerful words in our vocabulary and when people hear it, the feelings associated are usually negative. A prospective customer says "No" to a sales proposal, a...

3 Free Online Tools to Help New Business Owners Work Smarter

There has never been a better time to launch a new business in Scotland than right now. Thanks to technology, we truly are the most connected generation of all time. In addition to this, there is now more support than ever before for new and...

4th 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme - Fife
Scotland Can Do!

‘To go from Scotland CAN DO, to Scotland HAS DONE, we need to focus on leadership, collaboration and action’, according to Sir Tom Hunter, as he addressed the jam-packed, inaugural Scotland CAN DO National Assembly on Friday (20th February...

Trotter's Independent Condiments

Byam Trotter, owner of Trotter's Independent Condiments, is the third in our Businesses Branching Outblog series where we ask the owners of growing Fife businesses to share their journey so far, lessons learnt along the way and amusing...

How to Use Twitter

Here at Acorn Enterprise, we’re looking to create blogs on topics which will empower you as a small business owner and help you on your entrepreneurial journey. So, the next stop in our blog series is...Twitter.

How to Use LinkedIn

Here at Acorn Enterprise, we’re looking to create blogs on topics which will really empower you as a small business owner and help you on your entrepreneurial journey. So, the next stop in our blog series is LinkedIn - the social networking...

John Young Signs

John Young, owner of John Young Signs, is the second in our Businesses Branching Out blog series where we ask the owners of growing Fife businesses to share their journey so far, lessons learnt along the way and amusing incidents! Among other...

Public Relations (PR) Tips

Hello and welcome to blog number 3! With my passion for Public Relations (PR) and Marketing and love for small businesses, I wanted to share some practical tips on this topic with you. Public Relations and small thriving organisations are where...

3rd 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme  - Fife
Tips On Business Networking

In this blog, I’ll share with you a very handy ‘bite size’ list of the benefits of networking and things to consider before, during and after the event. Some people get so scared of it that they discount the benefits of networking, however,...

Acorn Enterprise

Businesses Branching Out is a new blog series brought to you by Acorn Enterprise, where we ask the owners of growing Fife businesses to share their journey so far, lessons learnt along the way and amusing incidents! This first blog looks at one of...