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Local and virtual support during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak

Find out what support and webinars are available to you and your business during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic.

Local support is available to help with a wide range of business matters during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. We know this may be a very challenging time for you. We can help with business contingency planning, digital marketing, managing cashflow, dealing with suppliers and a lot more.

Plus we will be delivering virtual services in the way of webinars and online 1:1 adviser sessions.

Get in touch with your local Business Gateway office and look through what we have available online to help you with a wide range of relevant business matters.

After COVID-19: Prepare to reopen your business

Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire has developed a new digital support series, titled ‘After COVID-19: Prepare to reopen your business’.

Consisting of six set webinars, the series is aimed specifically at those looking to re-open their physical business premises and those ready to rebuild their business in line with Government guidelines. Topics include:

Health and Safety

This webinar will look at how businesses begin their return to work, and do so safely, complying with the law and Government guidance. It will also delve into how SMEs can re-open and take appropriate measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on staff, visitors, and contractors.

HR – Returning to work

This webinar will explain the steps you need to take for employees returning to the physical workplace, including those who will be returning to work after furlough leave. It will also cover the responsibilities you need to consider as an employer and how to ensure you are meeting legal requirements.

Leadership - Leading in a Crisis

This webinar will provide guidance for leaders at all levels, including how to: lead through a crisis, provide direction when the future is volatile and complex, look after your own wellbeing, handle competing priorities and remain agile, avoid depending on a sole leader, remaining optimistic and more.

Business Continuity Planning

This webinar will look at the importance of putting a continuity plan into place for future improvement. Key areas of discussion will include business optimisation, reviewing and refining current practice, sales and operations, financial planning, controlling costs and more.

Planning a digital strategy post COVID-19

This webinar will allow businesses to examine new digital options such trading online through a website, offering virtual appointments, click and collect services, and more. It will also focus on how to create an effective digital marketing strategy and the appropriate channels to use, as well as how to market new products and services to new and existing clients.

Sales Recovery Planning

This webinar will assess how consumer behaviour has changed, looking at the specific techniques SMEs can implement in order to progressively generate sales again and establish a refined sales process.

For further information and to book your free places, head to the Events section of our website.

Redundancy to Recovery in Four Steps

Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire has launched a new specialist service aimed specifically at individuals who are facing redundancy and who may be looking to start their own business.

The service includes a redundancy pack, one to one adviser support and four webinars. Each one-hour webinar follows the Double Diamond approach to help individuals tackle challenges in a four-phase process:

  • Discover
  • Define
  • Develop
  • Deliver

Discover: Part one will focus on an idea generation workshop, with attendees looking at different ways to fall upon business ideas.

Define: Part two will help each attendee understand the importance of market research when exploring the viability of an idea and cover the key elements of the business model canvas for business success.

Develop: Part three will focus on the start-up requirements, with each attendee gaining a plethora of information for turning an idea into a business, including legal requirements and tax.

Deliver: Part four will focus on the funding and finance elements, from a personal survival budget, fixed and variable costs you will need to consider, to developing a cash flow forecast.

Those who attend will be provided with a personalised support pack from their dedicated business adviser.

For further information and to book your free place, head to the Events section on our website.

UK Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The UK Government has announced support if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to the coronavirus. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months.

To be eligible for self-employment income support you must:

  • have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • have traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • be trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19

Full eligibility and application details can be found on the UK Government website.

Coronavirus Funding Support and Grants

A list of support that is available has been created and can be downloaded as a PDF.

It is being updated daily so please check back for further updates. It includes information on all business funding and grants made available to help businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak.

Redundancy support for people and businesses in Scotland

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.

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off.

Our website is a great place to begin: we offer a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars to hone your start-up skills – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right.

Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can then use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support.

We’ll also recommend free webinars to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners.

A business adviser from your local office will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support across Scotland.

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

Running a Business?

Maintaining a business or moving up a gear can be more daunting than starting up, so our support continues and grows with your business.

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 tailor a strategic action plan to your ambitions. Need targeted advice on HR, Restructuring, Innovation, Exporting or Digital Marketing? Your adviser can help with that too. And if you need more specialist input, we can connect you with other sources of support.

Use our resources, support and tools to learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence.

We run around 3,500 events each year across Scotland, with webinars on topics from bookkeeping to social media.

  • For free, comprehensive business intelligence and market research, you can turn to our Information Service.
  • Browse our online A-Z of over 100 market reports or request a free report if your market sector isn’t covered.
  • Our handy guides explain how to create a business plan, digital marketing strategy, HR, intellectual property and other essentials that can help your business through these challenging times.

Get in touch with your local Business Gateway office today.

Digital Business Skills with DigitalBoost

Setting up a website is a great start, but DigitalBoost can help you to make the most of your online presence.

Tap into our free local webinars, 1:1 expert adviser support and online tools and tutorials to help you improve your digital performance. Our DigitalBoost guides have been downloaded 20,000 times and some 1,200 workshops have together attracted more than 14,000 business people.

A DigitalBoost HealthCheck can pinpoint your digital strengths, where you could do more and how we can help. Take five minutes now to fill in our form and discover how to give your business a real boost.

Local Support

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...

Planning to Start

Find out what support and tools are available to you by answering a few simple questions with our Planning to Start tool. Then get contact from your local office to take your business idea forward.

Women into Business

Women Into Business is a networking group for women who are developing a business idea, or those who have recently started their business.

Young entrepreneurs

We’re always delighted to help young entrepreneurs. Read on to find out more about advice and connections for those aged 18-30. Includes links to potential grants, loans and support for young entrepreneurs.


If you work in an organisation that helps business people, our Intermediaries section contains links and resources that may help you.

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.

Survive and Thrive

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-up and start up stages of their business journey. Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the 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, via classroom style workshops working in conjunction with Local Authorities across Scotland, digitally via webinar and also provides a range of online resources connecting businesses with the Scottish public sector. 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.

Now get in touch with your local Business Gateway office for more information on any of these support programmes or to discuss how we can help you start or develop your business.

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Business Gateway Aberdeen

Upstairs at The Hub
Exploration Drive, Bridge of Don
AB23 8GX
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Monday to Friday

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