Entrepreneurs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to take advantage of free services and advice being offered by the Business Gateway.
A new HR advisor and tax advisor are now at hand to help people deal with some tough business challenges.
The role of the tax advisor is to help educate business owners on how to manage their own finances, saving them a lot of money on accountancy fees.
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