Argyll & Bute

We are here to support businesses based in Argyll and Bute. We offer free and impartial advice to anyone wanting to start up or develop their business.

Our local team can help your business in a number of ways:

One to one support from an experienced business adviser

Whatever stage you are at, you can meet with one of our experienced local business advisers, by phone or video call, to discuss your business.

As well as years of experience in helping businesses, all have also either run their own business or spent time in the commercial world.

Our advisers can offer support on a wide range of topics, from improving profitability and sustainability, understanding legal and regulatory requirements, to getting a new business off the ground, exploring options for businesses in difficulty, or funding for growth.

They can also signpost you to other relevant services, make referrals, share useful contacts and help you navigate the wider business support landscape.

To request an appointment with an adviser call 01546 604555 or click here.

One hour expert help surgery

We recognise that sometimes a quick discussion with an expert is needed for a specific question or issue. We can arrange a 1 hour surgery by phone or video with one of our subject specialists, at no cost to you.

The range of expert help topics includes;

  • HR - recruiting and developing people, becoming an employer, legislation, redundancy
  • Digital - content management tools, website building, development and review, online trading, social media platforms, SEO, content creation, cyber security, infrastructure and communication equipment, choosing and briefing contractors
  • Marketing - planning, competitor and market analysis, customer profiling, branding and brand development, reviewing and improving activity
  • PR - planning and delivering PR, writing content, managing negative PR
  • Tendering & Supply Chains - understanding and preparing for the tender process, creating tender documents, improving bids, managing supply chains, expenditure analysis, sourcing suppliers, contracts and agreements, added value and community benefits
  • Finance and funding - financial analysis, financial planning, identifying funding gaps and funding sources, profit analysis, debt management, tax obligations
  • Internationalisation - preparing for export, choosing markets, identifying opportunities, international sales online, finding agents, distributors and suppliers, legislative requirements, importing

To request an expert help surgery call 01546 604555 or click here.

Funding

Looking for financial support for your business? Our knowledge of the funding landscape means we can work with you to identify which funds you qualify for and help you prepare an application.

As well as signposting a variety of funding schemes delivered via other organisations, we can talk you through the funding available from the Council.

To enquire about funding for your business call 01546 604555 or click here.

Referrals and connections

Navigating the wider business support landscape can be complicated. We use our understanding of what other organisations offer to help you access the right local and national support for you.

We work closely with the enterprise agencies and can refer you on for support where relevant. Our local knowledge can help you make useful connections quickly, to organisations or other businesses.

To discuss which partner referrals or connections may be relevant for your business contact us at business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604555.

Guides, templates, research and pro-formas

A wide range of guides, covering market and sector information, business rules and regulations, industry snapshots, area profiles and market research are available from our local team.

We also have access to an extensive portfolio of editable documents and contract templates, helping you create the terms and conditions, contracts, policies, procedures and risk assessment forms for your business.

To request a guide, template, market research or pro-forma contact us at business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01546 604555.

Business grants and expert help through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Businesses based in Argyll can apply for grants and specialist advice funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The Business Gateway team can help you access the right support for your business. Find out more.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Lochgilphead

Argyll and Bute Council
(Please note this address is for postal enquiries only. Our advisers will be delighted to set up an appointment via the phone number below or our contact form)
Kilmory
Lochgilphead
PA31 8RT
Get directions
01546 808 009

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00