Workshop activity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Local workshop update 18/03/20: Our face to face workshops are changing to webinars in order to offer continued support to businesses across Scotland during the Coronavirus outbreak. If you are already booked onto a workshop your local office will be in touch to inform you of any changes. Thank you.

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire

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.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/business/business-covid-19/#grants

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 Support Package

The Chancellor has announced a major package of support for self-employed individuals.

How do I claim the help?

  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will use existing information to identify those eligible and will invite applications
  • The application will require them to confirm that they meet the eligibility requirements
  • It will be paid straight into a bank account, which eligible taxpayers will need to confirm on their application form
  • People do not need to contact HMRC now, if they are eligible HMRC will contact them directly
  • The scheme will pay 80% of average monthly profits over the last three years, up to £2,500 a month, for three months initially
  • The money, backdated till March, will arrive directly into people's banks accounts from HMRC as a lump sum for all three months, but not until June
  • The grants will be taxable, and will need to be declared on tax returns by January 2022
  • At least half your income needs to have come from self-employment as registered on the 2019-20 tax return filed in January, or averaged over the three previous years
  • Company owners who pay themselves a dividend are not covered
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 making best use of digital infrastructure to assistance in taking on new staff and developing your workforce, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are you a young entrepreneur?

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

We understand that your relationship with your clients is important. We’d like to make it even better by connecting you to local information, activities and funding.

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.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Ellon

Enterprise Business Centre
Broomiesburn Road
Ellon
AB41 9RD
Get directions
01224 289 745

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Inverurie

Crichiebank Business Centre, Mill Road
Port Elphinstone
Inverurie
AB51 5NQ
Get directions
01467 672 500

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Fraserburgh

Enterprise Business Centre
South Harbour Road
Fraserburgh
AB43 9TN
Get directions
01224 289 745

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Peterhead

Burnside Business Centre
Burnside Road
Peterhead
AB42 3AW
Get directions
01779 822 002

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00