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

Alert 19/03/20: Our workshops will now be delivered online by Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing software. These can still be booked via the links below and a member of staff will be in touch to forward you a personal link to join the workshop.

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.

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

The Fund is open to applications from today, 24 March 2020 and will offer either:

  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief, or;
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,001 and £50,999.

Guidance notes are available with the application form. The form can be found here along with further information on where to apply:
https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/people-and-communities/coronavirus-covid-19

If you do not qualify for this assistance, we are hopeful of more Government Announcements in due course.

We remain open for business to deliver support where required, and our advisers continue to provide free support with a wide range of business matters including continuity planning.

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.

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. Take part in our workshops 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 workshops 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 if you can’t get to your local office for 1:1 advice, we’ll come to 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 workshops on topics from bookkeeping to social media.

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 workshops, 1:1 expert adviser support and online tools and tutorials to help you improve your digital performance. Our DigitalBoost guide has 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 meet you in person and offer 1:1 advice over the phone and via email. We have a wealth of experience, resources and workshops 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.

Intermediaries

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.

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.

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