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Aberdeen

Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire is your gateway to free expert local assistance and advice.

Your local Business Gateway Adviser can offer 1:1 advice over phone/video call and via email. We have a wealth of experience, resources and webinars to teach you everything from starting up to growing your business. We also host events for you to grow your network. On a local basis, there are further, more in depth services, free to you and designed to assist you in everything from establishing and improving your web presence, taking on employees, or developing your sales skills, as outlined below.

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can support your start-up journey.

Our Planning To Start tool is a great place to begin. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and provides you with an instant toolkit with key resources & information. We'll then connect you with a member of the team at our local office for further support.

Our website offers a business plan guide and template to download when you’re ready, market reports and research, as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Plus, we have a great range of webinars to hone your start-up skills – from writing a business plan to marketing on a budget.

With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.

Running a Business?

Our 1:1 advice, online resources and webinars can help you plan, adapt and grow.

We know that your time is in short supply, so we offer 1:1 advice at a time and day to suit you. Together, you and your business adviser can create a strategic action plan to suit your ambitions.

Our online resources and webinars can help you learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence. From HR to restructuring, innovation and digital marketing - we can help. And if specialist input is required, we can connect you to other sources of support.

Improve your Digital Skills with DigitalBoost

Access 1:1 consultancy, webinars, online guides and a Digital Health Check with our DigitalBoost programme.

From digital marketing strategy to social media, e-Commerce, cyber security and more, we can help boost your digital performance.

Our DigitalBoost Health Check is a great place to start. It will help pinpoint your digital strengths, areas you could improve, and how we can help, and it only takes 5 minutes to complete.

Community Business Adviser

Business support where and when you need it most.

Our Community Business Adviser, Donna, supports local communities in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire. Donna’s role was created to forge connections within the local business community and be the gateway to our free business support services available.

The place-based support can be provided through 1-2-1 meetings, mini workshops, and specialised networking events on local premises.

Donna regularly visits Stonehaven, Aboyne, Huntly in Aberdeenshire and Torry, Tillydrone, Northfield in the City Centre.

Young Entrepreneurs

We’re always delighted to help young entrepreneurs. Contact us to find out more about advice and connections for those aged 18-30.

Intermediaries

Engage with our business advisers today so you can access relevant intermediaries and partners of Business Gateway to support your business.

e-Commerce and Digital Connectivity

Looking for more from your website? Our e-Commerce Adviser can assist with a free, impartial review of your website including recommendations on how to increase sales and make the most of your digital connections.

Increasing your Workforce

Taking on new staff can be a challenging process. Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire can help through a combination of HR advice, information and direction to other areas of support.

Expert Help

At Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire we believe in providing you with the advice and support that you need in order to develop your business to its fullest potential.

If required, Business Gateway’s growth clients may access additional time from local experts in order to develop business strategies in particular areas of business specialisms.

Business Boost

Business Boost is a new service from Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire to Boost YOUR Business’s growth.

Refresh & Reboot

Even the most competent entrepreneurs can face challenges in the current economic climate. The Survive and Thrive programme can provide outside support to help reignite the focus and drive your company needs to move forward in the months to come.

The Women's Business Centre

The Women's Business Centre is a digital platform designed to support women at the pre-start and start up stages of their business journey.

Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the Women's Business Centre website is free to access and offers dedicated, needs-based content on starting and growing a business, including stories, encouragement and top tips from leading business owners across Scotland.

Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

SDP is a public sector partnership which delivers a variety of free tender training.

Registration for SDP events is free for Scottish SMEs, and will connect your business with your local authority’s SDP Rep who can offer your business additional support.

Redundancy Support

Your local Business Gateway office can offer free support to any business considering making redundancies.

Our advisers can help you look at your business challenges and then help you make the next practical steps. Along with that we can introduce you to PACE – Partnership Action for Continuing Employment.

Other Business Support across Scotland

Information on the free advice and support available from Scotland’s public sector business support organisations is available to find, all in one place, at Find Business Support.

Get in touch for more information on any of these support programmes or to discuss how we can help you start or develop your business.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Aberdeen

Upstairs at The Hub
Exploration Drive, Bridge of Don
Aberdeen
AB23 8GX
Get directions
01224 289 725

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00