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Aberdeen is undergoing something quite exciting at the moment. Over the past 18 months particularly, the city has seen a flourishing entrepreneurial spirit emerging as individuals take the step to set up on their own, with many now running their own successful small business.

Not only is this a real reflection of an ever increasingly robust economy but it is also providing inspiration to others, proving that new start-ups can evolve and thrive in the city. Ross Murray, Financial Director at Acumen Accountants and Advisors, comments:

"In the last financial year, Elevator, a business support organisation that works with businesses across Scotland, said that the number of start-ups launched in the northeast was the highest ever. It saw 1,302 new businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, with a male to female split of 52% to 48% women. At least 70 of the new businesses were set up by those who faced redundancy.

"The team at Acumen Accountants and Advisors has a particular focus on the support of new start-ups and small businesses, acting as practical support for those looking to take a step in a different direction.

"Our team acts as one of Elevator’s professional partners, operating from the organisation’s Centre for Entrepreneurship each Thursday. This provides individuals who are operating a new start-up the opportunity to lean on our advisors, who will help them set up and begin to operate their accounting operations efficiently.

"This could range from selecting the best cloud accounting software for your business and sector to setting up payroll or putting together your first set of management accounts.

"Whatever the reason, our team have found that with support and practical advice, new start-ups are thriving in the area."

If you have a new small business, start-up or are running an existing business with ambitions to grow and you would like to find out more about accessing free Elevator and Business Gateway support, or if you are an ambitious entrepreneur who could benefit from their intensive 12-week Accelerator Programme, visit www.elevatoruk.com to find out more.