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Scholes CA - Grow Your Business
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Hi and welcome to your new-look Scholes CA newsletter. We've been working hard behind the scenes to create a more personal, relevant newsletter with more of a 'local' feel.

In this issue:
  • tips to help you grow your business
  • how else can we help you?
  • article: customer segmentation
  • client news: Leo Kerr, Kerr Carpentry
  • staff profile: Aaron Brough
We'd really love to hear your ideas about things you'd like to see in future editions. How else can we help you run your business, or your finances, better? Please contact us with your comments and we will try to accommodate all reasonable suggestions!

Tips to grow your business

Do you plan ahead to make sure your business will grow and prosper?

An effective business planning process can help you articulate your goals and identify strategies to achieve the outcomes you want. We can help you get there - read more in our new Scholes CA "Guide to growth services", available to view here

Struggling to download the guide? Try the low-res version available here.

Employee profile

Aaron Brough

We were delighted to welcome Aaron to the team at the start of September!

Aaron joins our IT team, working alongside Dave Clapham (also pictured) to help Orkney folk and their businesses with a wide range of IT, computer and other technology challenges.

If you need help with your computers, why not contact Aaron today?
View Aaron's Profile

What's new

Scholes CA website re-launch

The Scholes CA website was re-launched at the end of September. 

Explaining our approach to client service in a fresh, new way, we hope you will agree that using the new site will be a more user-friendly experience. We plan to keep the blog section updated regularly with news, features and local business success stories.

You can view the new site here.

We'd like to thank NB Communication for their sterling work creating the new site.

How else can we help you?

We already know how to help you with your accounts and your tax returns.

What we really want to know is: how else can we help you and your business? For example:
  • would you find certain training programmes useful (for example on finance, or perhaps other business topics like marketing, for example)?
  • how about assistance with managing your business credit rating?
  • or providing you with tools and techniques to build a comprehensive business plan?
  • would a programme of networking events with other local businesses be of interest?
  • Leadership coaching perhaps?
Please tell us your views about how we can help you and your business grow and be more successful.

Can customer segmentation help you grow your business?

Segmenting your market can pay dividends, enabling you to target your marketing efforts more effectively, generate more profits and compete against the big players. In the first of a three-part series, we cover the basic concept and look at ways small businesses can use segmentation to their advantage.
Read More

Your news


Kerr Carpentry recently staged an Open Day to showcase their products and services, including innovative new "stretch ceilings". Check out Leo's website for more details.
Leo, pictured with Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf on a recent visit to Orkney.
WANT TO SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS HERE? If you have some news you'd like to share, perhaps an event you are staging, a new product launch or a new hire - whatever it is - get in touch and we'll try to include it in a future edition. 

Upcoming events

Budget Update


Date: tbc

We plan to present an update following the next Budget which will be presented on 22 November 2017. Watch this space for details.

Don't forget...

Key upcoming tax dates

  • 5 October - deadline to register with HMRC if you became self-employed or starting receiving income from property during the 16/17 tax year
  • 31 October - deadline for filing paper Self-Assessment returns for the 16/17 tax year
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