Dundee

Dundee

Business Gateway Tayside 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.

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.

Developing your Workforce

Taking on new staff can be a challenging process. Our specialist HR adviser, Leigh Hunt, can help with any aspect of taking on and employing staff from recruitment through to training and performance management. Leigh will also be able to point you to financial support such as the Skills Development Scotland Flexible Training Grant.

E-Commerce Training

We run a number of workshops locally from our Perth and Dundee offices. These include "Social Media" and "Trading Online". All workshops are free to attend although pre-registration is required to ensure that space is available.

Expert Help

At Business Gateway Tayside 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 professionals through "Expert Help" in order to develop business strategies in particular areas of business specialisms.

Women into Business Tayside

Women into Business is a networking group for women who are developing a business idea, or those who have recently started their business.

Young Entrepreneurs

We’re always delighted to help young entrepreneurs. Read on to find out more about advice and local connections for those aged 18-30.

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.

Business Gateway works closely with a number of providers of local services and support to Tayside businesses.

Dundee City Council

The £1 billion transformation of Dundee city waterfront, which encompasses 240 hectares of development land stretching 8km along the River Tay, is a strategic, focused and forward-looking 30 year project (2001-2031) that is propelling the city to international acclaim.

The Economic Development Division in the city work towards the goals of building a strong and sustainable city economy and key sectors in Dundee include digital media, life sciences, contact centres and business tourism.

Funding support includes Dundee Development Grant, Overseas Market Development Grant and Small Business Finance Dundee.

Angus Council

Angus Council offers a range of services to existing businesses of all types operating within Angus. They have a special remit to support those companies operating within the Tourism, sustainable energy and Food & Drink sectors.

Perth & Kinross Council

Perth & Kinross Council provide a business support service which will aim to meet the needs of businesses with growth potential in Perth & Kinross. Key sectors in Perth are tourism, renewables, food & drink and retail. Plans were unveiled in Spring 2014 to develop a new Food & Drink Park in Perth which seeks to support continued growth of the food and drink sector through the provision of serviced sites and business infrastructure.

The Angel's Share is a service managed and delivered by The Business Growth Team which is part of Perth & Kinross Council. The Angel's Share aims to match entrepreneurs and investors; helping businesses to develop, grow and succeed with the right support from the right business angels. This is not only in terms of the capital investment but also the matching of skills, experience, personality and vision.

The Growth Team also offer a number of events including a Marketing Master Class and Exporting Breakfast for new exporters.

Perth College

Perth College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands providing a range of courses from access, national certificate to Honours and Masters levels.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise, together with Business Gateway form Scotland's main interface with start-up and growing businesses. Scottish Enterprise run events and can provide specialist information within the areas of innovation, funding and international business development.

Scottish Development International

SDI both promotes Scotland as an inward investment opportunity to international businesses and provides support to Scotland's businesses looking to enter new international markets.

Skills Development Scotland

SDS is the national skills body providing support through advice, resources and funding for individuals and employers. Key initiatives include the "Flexible Training Opportunity" grant and the "Skills For Growth" training needs evaluation.

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

A membership organisation committed to improving opportunities for Perth and Perthshire's local businesses, providing training, networking, a regular newsletter and business directory.

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce

A membership organisation committed to improving opportunities for Dundee and Angus local businesses, providing training, networking, a regular newsletter and business directory.

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.

Business Workshop and Event Guide July – September 19

Download this guide to see what workshops and events are being delivered across Dundee.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Dundee

27-28 Camperdown Street
City Quay Business Centre
Dundee
DD1 3JA
Get directions
01382 848 830

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Perth & Kinross

Saltire House
3 Whitefriars Crescent
Perth
PH2 0PA
Get directions
01738 448 310

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00