Free business webinars

Business Gateway Argyll and Bute is offering a series of free coaching sessions throughout October and November to support you and your team – whatever stage of your business.

The coaching sessions are more hands on than a normal webinar, giving you the chance to ask any questions and network with other businesses. Every business that attends will also have access to an hour’s session with the trainer.

To book a place or to find out more about the coaching sessions visit


Introduction to blogging
6 October 2022, 2-4pm

If you’ve ever been on Search Engine Optimisation training, you’ll probably know about the importance of writing a regular blog on your website. It can improve your ranking on search engines such as Google and bring more potential customers to your website.

Find out in this webinar what it takes to write a successful blog and what to write about. You’ll also find out if it is possible to monetise the blog itself and earn while you write. Book your place


Self-Assessment for the Self-Employed
27th October 2022, 9-11:30am

​This webinar is essential for any self-employed individual who is required to complete a self-assessment tax return.

HMRC has strict rules on when and how to complete your tax return and there are penalties for non-compliance. In the webinar, we will guide you through the process. Book your place


Secrets of Successful Podcasting
28th October 2022, 7-9pm

An introductory workshop aimed at people who wants to create a podcast for their business or want to appear as guests on podcasts. The session includes all the information you need to get started and an understanding of what podcasts can do for your business.

Your trainer, Colin Kelly is a former broadcast and journalist best known for his work with BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 5 Live. He also produces his own successful podcast and will share with you the secrets of success and the equipment that can help, even if you’re on a very limited budget.

Book your place


An Introduction to VAT
2nd November 2022 10am – 12pm

This webinar will help Argyll and Bute businesses understand what is involved in becoming VAT registered.

VAT is a complex area that catches a lot of businesses out. This webinar will cover the key basics of what is involved in being VAT registered.

The webinar includes a range of topics:

  • VAT registration – when (VAT threshold) and how to register
  • When to register voluntarily
  • Rates of VAT
  • Key VAT definitions (input/output VAT, taxable supplies etc.)
  • VAT accounting schemes
  • VAT record keeping
  • Self-billing
  • Completing your VAT return

Book your place


Introduction to Canva
9th November 2022 2:30 – 4.:30pm

Are you new to graphic design and content creation? This session will teach you simple ways to create scroll-stopping content using Canva.

With Canva, you can design anything from posters to business cards and trifold brochures to Instagram stories all for free. You can even upload your own logos, photos, videos and audio.

This entry-level session includes an overview of Canva's homepage and dashboard. Attendees will learn best practices for designs, including naming, saving, sharing and publishing. Delegates will leave with the ability to start designing simple graphics and videos using blank pages or one of Canva's many templates.


Accounting for Limited Companies
11th November 2022 9:30 – 11:30am

What does it mean to be a company? If you are thinking of moving from being a sole trader to a limited company or have just formed a new limited company this session is for you. The webinar covers the following topics:

  • Why choose to be a limited company (key benefits)
  • Limited company legal structure (shareholders & directors)
  • How to set-up a limited company
  • Statutory accounting requirements
  • Employing Staff
  • Taking money from your limited company
  • VAT

Book your place


Taking Canva to the next level
16th November 2022 2:30 – 4:30pm

Ready to upskill your Canva knowledge? This Canva course is for people who already know their way around Canva's dashboard, and who are looking to dive deeper towards intermediate/advanced features. They include - animations, transitions, and creative editing options for photos, videos and audio. Book your place

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