Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire

Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire is your gateway to free expert local assistance and advice. Whatever stage your business is at, our online support, local advisers, workshops and events are here to help with any business situation.

Elevator & Business Gateway launch new Scottish entrepreneurial festival

Scotland’s leading business support organisation, Elevator and Scotland’s national business support service, Business Gateway have announced the launch of a new entrepreneurial festival to celebrate the country’s entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial spirit.

BeBrave! Scotland’s leading entrepreneurial festival powered by Elevator and Business Gateway will launch across the North East later this year.

The inaugural event will take place at Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen on Thursday 3 October with interconnecting events running throughout the country - from Fraserburgh to Perth.

BeBrave! will act as an entrepreneurial hub for new and existing businesses, or those curious about enterprise. Each will gain new insight on how to start, grow and build their own business.

The line-up already includes an inspirational opening act from OBE and quadruple amputee mountaineer, Jamie Andrew, who will share his motivating story based on tenacity, bravery and grit. This will be followed by a leadership panel session which will uncover the fascinating stories of five innovative trailblazers who are shaping the industries they operate in.

In addition, leading support organisations will use their knowledge and expertise to inspire delegates to turn their ideas into sustainable opportunities, while workshops hosted by Google Digital Garage, Amazon and Business Gateway will offer individuals the opportunity to learn invaluable business skills.

Gary McEwan, Elevator CEO, said: “Scotland is an entrepreneurial nation, with a long and proud history of innovation. It is critical that we maintain this entrepreneurial spirit to attract more would-be entrepreneurs and, in turn, see positive change across our economy.

“We are committed to creating opportunities for everyone to flourish. BeBrave! does exactly that. Major players from the entrepreneurial ecosystem, along with real-life game-changers who have ‘been there and done it’, will capture the imagination of attendees to help them think bigger and better than before. Coupled with Business Gateway’ support, our aim is to alleviate any fear associated with starting or growing a business, accelerate entrepreneurship across Scotland and ultimately encourage individuals to BeBrave!.”

Hugh Lightbody, Chief Officer of Business Gateway, commented: “Entrepreneurship is vitally important to the Scottish economy, with SMEs providing an estimated 1.2 million jobs and representing 99.3% of all businesses in Scotland. Given this landscape, it is vital that entrepreneurs are supported to dream big, stay focused and find the determination and resilience they need to succeed. BeBrave! does this and more, by offering inspiration success stories, expert advice and opportunities to network with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

“I am thrilled to support such an exciting and unique event which will celebrate entrepreneurs at every stage of their business journey.”

For more information about this year’s festival, or to book your free ticket, visit www.bebravefestival.co.uk.

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 market reports as well as handy online guides, plus a business plan template to download when you’re ready. 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.

  • 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 digital marketing strategy, HR, intellectual property and other essentials.

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.

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Business Gateway Ellon

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

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Crichiebank

Crichiebank Business Centre, Mill Road
Port Elphinstone
Inverurie
AB51 5NQ
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01467 894 000

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Fraserburgh

Enterprise Business Centre
South Harbour Road
Fraserburgh
AB43 9TN
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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 868 545

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00