Setting your location at Direct Scot means we can give you search results that are
both local and relevant to you (e.g. your bin collection days, school term dates,
nearby schools and sports and leisure services)
We don't store this user data, so your security is guaranteed.
DirectScot is the experimental prototype of a public service website for Scotland. It offers access to information, services and applications from a wide variety of sources.
It aims to be simple, intuitive and to put the needs of users first. We stress that this is an experimental prototype. Please don’t rely on it. At this stage it is neither comprehensive nor is it fully robust.
Developed by the Scottish Government, DirectScot is a response to the ongoing debate on how government services can be delivered efficiently in the digital age.
To make our point, we have developed a few fully-functioning user journeys that show how a full DirectScot website might work. You can find out more in the DirectScot blog.
How defining what your business does can generate more sales
When starting out, you need to be clear about what your business is all about. What will your business do, what are you going to offer and what will make your business special?
To help get you get started with describing your business and what will make it unique, watch our short introductory video Describing your business.
Most businesses succeed by developing a product or service that delivers what a particular group of customers want. From a broad idea of what you're going to offer, you can start refining the details until you've got something that's exactly tailored to suit those customers. Focusing on a specific market 'niche' like this can give you the edge over other businesses. You can get advice on the importance of tailoring what you're selling - and how you're selling it - in Defining your product or service.
Before you start talking to potential customers, it's worth making sure you know how to describe your business and the marketing messages you want to get across. Can you describe your business? will help you check if you're ready for this.