Entrepreneurs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to take advantage of free services and advice being offered by the Business Gateway.
Nona Lou's tearoom in Dumfries is owned and run by two aspiring young entrepreneurs.
26-year-old Seonaid Frew and her friend Lindsey Henderson, 26, had always dreamed of running their own tearoom.
They approached business gateway two years ago, and have been living their dream ever since:
– Louise Henderson, Owner, Nona Lou's
"They always say the hardest thing is starting something, and get your business ideas down on paper, so they were able to start a business plan from a basic point, areas that we didn't think to look at. Neither of us had worked in business before so we didn't know all the things you need to look at, the money side or anything like that so yes they helped with the basics."
Their business has been running for two years and is such a success they are looking to expand.
They are currently based at The Old School, and are so happy with the location they are planning to extend into the space next door.
Business Gateway have helped them start their new adventure:
– Seonaid Frew, Owner, Nona Lou's
"It's almost like starting again, we're having to do a business plan, we're having to look at funding, we're having to look at you know all the little like the risks with expanding so they just really help us make sure we're following the right steps for that and that we are prepared for that."