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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.


Team Leader


Team Leader for Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway is Allan McNaught. Allan joined the team in 2015 as Business Growth Adviser, bringing a wealth of experience in business strategy and expansion from running his own businesses and providing coaching, mentoring and training on a B2B basis.

Allan heads up the team of start-up advisers, growth advisers and the administration function, as well as continuing to provide strategic business guidance to growing businesses in Dumfries and Galloway.


Growth Adviser


Carol-Ann joined the Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway team in 2014, and is now our Business Growth Adviser, supporting local businesses in the west of the region with their strategic goals and growth strategy.

Carol-Ann brings a wealth of experience from both the private and public sectors, including her own innovative and successful leisure start-up, which was recognised in business industry and entrepreneurship accolades including the BT Scotland Young Entrepreneur Award – Best E-Commerce Business 2011, and finalist in both PSYBT Regional Business Awards and NatWest's Everywoman Awards.


Start-up Adviser


John King joined the Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway team in December 2016, with responsibility for start-up businesses in the west of the region covering Dumfries through to Stranraer. He has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience gained working for blue chip companies as well as running his own marketing consultancy.

If you need help to take your business idea further, John can direct you to the support and resources you need to get your business off to a great start.


Start-up Adviser


Business Start-up Adviser Neil Johnstone joined the team at the end of 2016 from a solid business background of engineering, manufacturing and sales and marketing, including an MBA in Marketing from Napier University.

Born and bred in Dumfries, Neil's breadth of experience from running his own project and product management consultancy, and his business start-up and support background, means he understands the issues and challenges faced by aspiring entrepreneurs and is ready to help you develop your business idea.




Maureen Cuthill is our administrator and will probably be your first point of contact with us here at Business Gateway Dumfries and Galloway. Maureen has a wealth of experience and local knowledge, having worked on her own businesses and in various roles in business support agencies across Scotland.

Having also worked as a business start-up adviser, Maureen is well aware of the requirements and challenges of the business start-up journey and will direct you to the resources and support you need.


Economic Development Officer


Gavin Jones joined the Annan Solutions Team in 2019. Gavin has a wide range of experience from business and systems consulting to running an eCommerce business. Gavin also has a solid academic background with degrees in Science, Commerce and Law.

Having worked with many businesses, both as a consultant and as a Business Gateway Advisor, and having run his own business, Gavin understands the issues and challenges faced by businesses.


Economic Development Officer


Shelley Bell joined the Annan Solutions Team in March 2019, as Economic Development supporting local businesses in the Officer Annan and DG12 area with their strategic goals and growth strategy.

The Annan Solutions team is seen as key to strengthening the Annan and wider DG12 community, building its resilience and future opportunities, by developing potential business sites in the Annan and DG12 area, working with local business to develop their growth potential and to consider the wider economic impact for the community in Annan and DG12 as the result of jobs losses from Youngs closure.

Shelley has over 7 years’ experience in working with the businesses in the Economic Development Team.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Dumfries

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

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway

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

Opening hours:

Monday - Friday

10am - 4pm

Business Gateway Stranraer

7 South Strand Street
Get directions
01387 808 772

Opening hours:


Appointment only