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Business Gateway in Clackmannanshire offers businesses practical help and guidance. By supporting new and developing businesses across the Clackmannanshire area, we contribute to Scotland's economic wellbeing.

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.

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/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

Business Gateway offers additional business advice, financial and procurement assistance as well as signposting and networking support across the Clackmannanshire area:

By supporting new and developing businesses across the region, we contribute to Scotland's economic wellbeing.

Our free support available includes:

  • Webinars and events
  • Expert advice
  • Access to Scottish Enterprise programmes
  • Web audits
  • Social media training
  • Aftercare support
  • Links with professional organisations

For more information please call 01259 208 589.

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.

Small Business Bonus Scheme

This scheme offers reduced non-domestic rates on qualifying business premises. More information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Regional Selective assistance (RSA)

This discretionary grant scheme aims to encourage businesses to undertake investment that will directly result in the creation or safeguarding of jobs. Find out more about the scheme on the Scottish Enterprise website.

Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER - Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme

This is aimed at helping small rural tourism businesses to develop in a sustainable way whilst at the same time generating local community benefit. The grant available is 50 percent of eligible development costs (up to a maximum of £10,000) towards capital purchase. The grant can also be used on business development costs that promote the sustainability of the operation or area.

Community benefit must be delivered as part of the business development and must be measurable and evidenced through a local community organisation. You must provide a business plan with your application. More information is available on the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER website.

COVID Working Capital Loans from Business Loans Scotland

The loan is available to existing businesses that were viable as at 31st December 2019 and have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Issued by Business Loans Scotland (BLS), under the Scottish Growth Scheme, it aims
to provide Scottish based small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with a loan to help fund working capital and cashflow needs and is available until 31st December 2020. For more information download this leaflet or visit https://www.bls.scot/.

Clackmannanshire Business

This private and public sector partnership aims to enable all businesses both large and small to work collectively. The aim is to create a strong, business-focused environment for the benefit of the local and regional economy. Core objectives are to:

  • improve communications between businesses across the sectors
  • raise the profile of the business community both within and outside their areas
  • engage the business community in the economic regeneration activities taking place.

All businesses in the Clackmannanshire area are invited to participate proactively in key business events taking place throughout the year. To find out more contact akeen@clacks.gov.uk.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) Scheme

The NEA is part of the wider self-employment support on offer and is aimed at jobseekers who are interested in self-employment. Key features of the scheme are:

  • a volunteer mentor to provide support both in the preparation of a business plan and in the early months of trading
  • optional access to a loan of up to £1,000 to help with start-up costs
  • a weekly allowance for up to 26 weeks' worth up to £1,275

Visit your local Jobcentre or go to the Department of Work and Pensions website for more information about the scheme.

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 Alloa

Alloa Business Centre
Alloa Business Park, Whins Road
Alloa
FK10 3SA
Get directions
01259 726 430

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

Mon to Thurs 09:00 - 17:00; Fri 09:00 - 16:30