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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Scotland's digital programme for SMEs received £1.7m funding boost

Scotland’s national digital technology training programme, DigitalBoost, has received a continuation of funding of £1.7m from the Scottish Government to extend the service that has seen thousands of Scotland’s SMEs benefit from digital business training over the past two years.

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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 2016/17

“Business Gateway praises ambition of Scotland’s SMEs”

A record number of businesses (33,237) also engaged with the service for the first time, up by 26%.  A total of 58,860 enquiries were received during the year from people who contacted the service seeking business support, the highest figure on record.

Read the full 2016/2017 annual review here:

Download the Business Gateway Annual Review 2016/17


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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