About Business Gateway

Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic well being of Scotland by providing access to free business support services.  We give assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business by a combination of :-

Online support – a comprehensive website with practical information and useful guides.

A programme of fully funded local workshops and events held throughout Scotland.

Advice to suit specific business needs through a network of experienced business advisers.

Business information – a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business.

Who we are

Business Gateway is delivered by local authorities.  We also have strong partnerships with a wide variety of organisations such as Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to help deliver the best advice and support to Scottish businesses.

What we do

Business Gateway has an important role in improving the prospects and opportunities for Scottish businesses. We offer a range of professional resources, support and tools to help you learn new skills, create new opportunities and develop sustainable strategies for growth.

Research shows that businesses that have engaged with Business Gateway have a significantly better chance of surviving beyond three years than the national average.  

Latest news


Record numbers seek information from Business Gateway

 The number people visiting Business Gateway’s website reached its highest ever level in 2015/16. 

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Our advisers

“I am very close to the business so it is invaluable having a professional adviser who can take an objective look at our operations.”

Billy Finnie - Motability Scotland

Running a business means having to wear a lot of different hats – but you can’t be an expert in everything.  That’s where we come in.  From starting up to managing and growing your business, our experienced, accredited advisers are here to help your business at every stage of its development.  Think of us as a resource that’s always there to point you in the right direction, we can help you create and fulfil your vision.

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Business Gateway Annual Review 2015/16

“The number of people visiting Business Gateway’s website reached its highest ever level in 2015/16.”

For the annual period ending March 2016, 607,887 people visited www.bgateway.com to access a range of business support information, a rise of 16% on the previous year.

The number of page views registered increased to 2.29 million, a 36% rise on the 2014/15 figure. Both figures indicate that an increasing number of Scottish businesses see the service as an important source of business information.

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Previous annual reviews are available below:

Our workshops and events

We run a range of free workshops and events throughout Scotland that will help you further develop the skills you need to start a new business or grow an existing business successfully.

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Find events near you

If there’s a particular event or workshop you’d like to be part of, you can see what’s available, or find events near you.

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