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Are you ready for Generation Flex?

When we talk about Millennials and Generation Z’s we think of the future workforce; we think tech savvy, smart, dynamic professionals who demand to work the way they want in an environment they want.

But the future is here and millennials especially are taking over the workforce. In the workplace environment this is creating a new wave of what is being dubbed Generation Flex.

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STEP’s support events have become the backbone of business learning in Stirling over the last three decades, and throughout 2019 we have teamed up with various partners to deliver a jam-packed programme of events for 2019.
This year we have over 30 networking opportunities and events in and around Stirling planned to help businesses learn better, work harder and create an unrivalled business community.

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Could Crowdfunding boost your business?

Crowdfund Stirling is an exciting new initiative which uses the crowdfunding method to support
businesses and communities across the Stirling area. Projects listed on Crowdfund Stirling that
meet specific criteria can also seek match funding of up to 50% of their target from Stirling Council.

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Marketing Trends 2018

To improve your marketing in 2019, you need to improve on the basic strategies you already use. It’s no longer good enough to post on social media and hope to get a bite, or to send our emails periodically with no real purpose. To make the most out of your marketing strategy and keep up with current trends in 2019 Jenn McArthur, Marketing Manager at STEP has put together six areas to focus on.

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For Claus Marquordt and Marco Caffio, the road to owning and running a world leading, graphene based business has been a winding one with ups, downs and rapid growth. Creating a renowned new manufacturing method for graphene has enabled the team to significantly reduce production costs, therefore removing the barrier to commercialisation of graphene enhanced products. This success story was mainly enabled by starting with a service business to ensure continuous revenue and re-investing every penny into development of new processes and products. This supported by government grants was a key enabler to de-risk this enterprise.

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Four steps to getting real value from your management information

The effective management of finances is a crucial aspect of any thriving business. To make good decisions, management teams need good information. And that information comes from online accounting platforms and other integrated systems.

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CityFibre is the UK’s leading alternative provider of wholesale full fibre network infrastructure and thanks to our Fibre-to-the-Premises rollout programme, in partnership with Vodafone, Stirling and Bridge of Alan are set to benefit. 

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Husband and wife team Mark and Fiona Thornton have launched a roofing business with the aim of improving industry standards.

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Perthshire Preservers Toast’s to Gold

Stirling’s own Marmalade marker, Perthshire Preserves is celebrating having beaten entrants from over 40 countries to receive a prestigious Gold award at the 14th World’s Original Marmalade Awards. With the competition receiving over 3,000 entries from around the globe, this Award proves that their marmalade really is world class.

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