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

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Over 100,000 jobs created in last ten years with Business Gateway support

As Scotland’s national business advice service celebrates ten years since its delivery passed to Local Authority control, figures show businesses supported by Business Gateway created over 100,000 jobs over the last decade.

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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.”

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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 2017/18

“The Business Gateway service is a key element in delivering Scotland’s Economic and Digital Strategies.”

As Scotland’s national business advice service celebrates ten years since its delivery passed to Local Authority control, figures show businesses supported by Business Gateway created over 100,000 jobs over the last decade.

Read the full 2017/2018 annual review here:

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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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