How Do I Promote My New Business? The Customer, Strategy and Measurement

Acorn Enterprise has worked with well over 150 start-ups and new businesses in Fife, and the surrounding areas, since we launched in 2013. Our goal is to accelerate new businesses, through a process we call, ‘fast learning’. Another question we get asked a lot is, “How do I Promote My New Business?” Before we look at […]

3 Lessons Learnt From Our Meeting with Jim McColl OBE – Owner of Clydeblowers

Recently, my business partner, Jerry Alexander and I sat down with Jim McColl OBE – one of Scotland’s entrepreneurial business leaders and owner of Clydeblowers – to have a conversation about the important work we’re doing here at Acorn Enterprise, to grow Scotland’s start-up business culture. We were lucky enough to get an hour with Jim and we left with our minds expanded! This […]

The F-Word for Small Businesses Why You’re Losing Sales

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 do, all of the time and if […]

Why Should I Buy From Your New Business?

If you were going out for dinner tonight and had narrowed down the choice of restaurant to two, how would you decide which one to go to? You could look at reviews, ask friends and family for recommendations or choose the one that looks the most interesting, inviting and has the best selection of food. […]

Empowerment What “No” Means to New Businesses

We 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 owners: empowerment! If a customer asks you for a discount or for a lower […]

Try Again! What “No” Means for New Businesses

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 potential investor says “No” to being involved in your company or 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 existing businesses, both offline and online. This blog will talk […]

How to Use Twitter for New Businesses

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. Now week 12 on our 2nd Free 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme, another topic that keeps coming up amongst […]

How to Use LinkedIn for New Businesses

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. Now week 8 on our 2nd Free 20 Week Business Accelerator Programme, the topic that keeps coming […]

Public Relations Tips for Graduate Business

Public Relations are one of the most valuable tools in the gradudate business arsenal.  We’ve brought together some PR tips for graduate business. Unpreneur is here to empower graduate business so we’re here to show you how, when and why you should be using it. There is no set in stone way to practice PR, there […]