Starting your business

You've completed your Business Plan, researched your market and are now making plans to launch your business. This is an exciting time but it can also be busy and stressful and you'll want to ensure that you've not missed anything important. Each year, we assist over 1,000 new businesses to successfully launch in the City and Shire and during this phase will assist you to complete your start-up checklist, review your Business Plan, and ensure that you are aware of any local funding initiatives. If you haven't contacted us before, this is your chance to ensure that you are allocated your own fully funded Business Advisor to support your start-up and growth stages of your new venture.

Business Start Up Advice and Information

Recently started to trade? Immediately following start up we'll help you to ensure that you've completed your "start-up checklist", and that you're aware of any additional support available.

For example, if you plan to take on staff or register for VAT within your first 18 months of trading and are a newly registered business you're eligible for 1-2-1 local advisory support to assist you and your business development plans for the entire 18 month period - at no cost.

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Grants, Loans and Start Up Business Funding

Depending on circumstance and business needs, there may be avenues of financial support available to you including the Start Up Loan Fund, Princes Trust Youth Business Scotland and First Employee Grant. Contact the Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire team to discuss your business start-up situation.

Telephone 01224 946 539 or contact us by email.

Events and workshops

Experience tells us that events and workshops are a great way to learn. Over the coming weeks we have a variety of events to take you through most of the topics useful to a new business.

For example, our Business Start-Up Awareness Seminar gives you a top line on the various elements involved in setting up a business and we cover some of the essential business functions in more depth through Business Planning, Marketing, Finance and ICT. 

There's plenty to choose from, so why not check our calendar?

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