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Dumfries & Galloway

Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway is your gateway to 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.

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

At Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway office we know that growing your business can be as hard as starting it. That's why our site and our experts are on hand to offer advice on everything from growth options, to fillings gaps in the market, to planning… and much more.

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.

Local Advisers – Start-Up

There's a lot to think about to get your idea to become a reality. But you are not alone. Our local advisers and services are here to help. Covering everything from advice about whether self-employment is right for you, to avoiding common mistakes and researching and planning.

Local Advisers – Growing business

Business Gateway offers a range of professional resources, support and tools to help you grow your business. Whether you need to learn new skills, create new opportunities or develop sustainable strategies for growth, we've something to help.

Young entrepreneurs

Dumfries and Galloway needs entrepreneurs. If you have ideas or are already running a business, big or small we've many ways we can help. We can help you access projects designed specifically for people like you, and give you all the advice and tools you could ever want.

Tax guidance

No matter how experienced you are tax can be complex. Let us help. This section covers everything from what taxes you may be liable for (including corporation tax, VAT, Capital Gains Tax, business rates and excise duties) through to tax allowances that could help you.

Property relocation

Housing your business can be a make-or-break decision. With our free searches and local knowledge and expertise we can help you make the most of your offering.

Employability

Dumfries and Galloway Employment TAP (Total Access Point) acts as a single point of contact for employability services across Dumfries & Galloway. Through our local Business Liaison Service, we promote the work of all employability services across Dumfries and Galloway and act as a 'Total Access Point' for all your employment needs.

Business Continuity Planning

Experience shows that businesses are far more likely to survive a disaster if they have thought about it in advance, and planned accordingly.

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.

Support for Farm Diversification and Rural Enterprise

Support is available to help local rural community and business networks to build knowledge and skills, and encourage innovation and cooperation in order to tackle local development objectives. Find out more.

Dumfries and Galloway LEADER Themes

  • Minimum grant request from LEADER is £5,000
  • Maximum grant request for Rural Enterprise and Farm Diversification is £50,000
  • Maximum intervention rate across the LEADER programme is 50% of eligible costs

Economy

  • Enabling younger people to find employment and purpose;
  • Tourism (as an economic sector alongside its role to strengthen services);
  • Arts and Culture – developing the role that arts and culture plays in the life of the region, with a view to maximising its economic contribution

Land, Coast and Marine Environments

  • Land and environment, including development of farming, forestry and natural environment assets;
  • Development of fisheries sector and assets.

Sustainable Settlements

Through locality planning (taking account of the need for joined up solutions around transport, housing and services), with a particular focus on services for older people and vulnerable groups- delivered through integrated approaches.

How to Apply

Contact the D&G Leader Team on; 01387 260028

Or

Submit your Expression of Interest (EoI) online;
www.ruralnetwork.scot/funding/leader

Working Health Services Scotland

Free, confidential, information and treatment, for the self-employed and employees of small businesses, with a health problem affecting them at their work.

What is Working Health Services Scotland?

Working Health Services Scotland (WHSS) is an NHS service that aims to assist the self-employed and employees of small enterprises employing less than 250 staff who are experiencing injury, physical ill health, stress, anxiety or depression and are struggling at work.

Who can refer to Working Health Service Scotland?

  • You can self-refer – call 0800 019 2211, option 3
  • Call 0800 019 2211, ask for option 3
  • A telephone interviewer will ask you some questions about yourself, your work and your health condition. This information will be passed to an NHS Case Manager.
  • You will be contacted by a Case Manager within 5 working days of your referral.
  • Your Case Manager will conduct an initial assessment of your condition and work with you to design and agree a personal action plan for you.
  • Depending on your condition, you and your Case Manager will decide the best course of action. You may be referred to physiotherapy services, counselling or to one of a range of services available in your Health Board area.
  • Your case manager will be in contact with you to see how you are getting on during your treatment.
  • The programme may last 2-12 weeks depending on your needs. On completion of the programme, the case manager will make contact to review your progress and see how you are and how useful you have found the service.

How does the service operate?

The programme is based on telephone case-managed multidisciplinary support for the employees' recovery. It provides help and advice on a range of healthcare, employment, skills, housing and personal issues, for example debt management, ensuring access to the most appropriate forms of support for the individual. WHSS is available to employees based in Scotland.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Dumfries

Solway House, Dumfries Enterprise Park
Tinwald Downs Road, Heathhall
Dumfries
DG1 3SJ
Get directions
01387 265 355

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway

Unit 1
Annan Industrial Park
Annan
DG12 6TZ
Get directions
01387 808738

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday

10am - 4pm

Business Gateway Stranraer

7 South Strand Street
Stranraer
DG9 7JE
Get directions
01387 808 772

Opening hours:

Thursday

Appointment only