East Dunbartonshire

Whether you have an idea for a business and want to work for yourself or maybe you already run a well established business and have aspirations to grow, we work with businesses at all stages of their development.

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can support your start-up journey.

Our Planning To Start tool is a great place to begin. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and provides you with an instant toolkit with key resources & information. We'll then connect you with a member of the team at our local office for further support.

Our website offers a business plan guide and template to download when you’re ready, market reports and research, as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Plus, we have a great range of webinars to hone your start-up skills – from writing a business plan to marketing on a budget.

With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.

Running a Business?

Our resources and one-to-one support can help you strengthen your business.

Whether you’re looking to take on premises or learn more about digital marketing, we can help you take the next step. Get started by taking 10 minutes to complete our Strengthen Your Business Tool and get a personalised dashboard of online resources and webinars.

We know that your time is in short supply, so we also offer one-to-one advice at a time and day to suit you. Together, you and your business adviser can create a strategic action plan to suit your ambitions.

Our online resources and webinars can help you learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence. From HR to restructuring, innovation and digital marketing - we can help. And if specialist input is required, we can connect you to other sources of support.

Improve your Digital Skills

Access webinars, online guides and a Digital Health Check.

From digital marketing strategy to social media, e-Commerce, cyber security and more, we can help boost your digital performance.

Our Digital Health Check is a great place to start. It will help pinpoint your digital strengths, areas you could improve, and how we can help, and it only takes 5 minutes to complete.

Tax Guidance for Growing Businesses in East Dunbartonshire

Taxation can be one of the most confusing things for a business owner. This section covers everything from what taxes you may be liable for, the different taxes businesses face and what you are responsible for, through to tax allowances that could help you.

Do you know the taxation differences between trading as a sole trader vs as an incorporated business? Are you aware of what rate of VAT needs to be applied to all goods? Do you know when your different tax returns are due? If not, talk to Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire advisers as they can help you understand what you need to know.

This includes providing the essential advice and training to ensure you have the necessary knowledge to fulfil your legal commitments, whether you complete your own self-assessment or have a tax adviser. They also work closely with HMRC tax advisers, who are on hand to help you with everything you need to know.

Premises Search

Has your business outgrown your existing premises? Are you looking to move your business into East Dunbartonshire?

The Business Support team at East Dunbartonshire Council are here to provide support. Whether it be looking for a small single office unit through to a site for a large greenfield industrial development, our experienced staff will work with you to understand your needs and identify potential locations where your business could grow.

East Dunbartonshire Council Property

East Dunbartonshire Council has a number of commercial and industrial properties that are available to rent or buy.

For the full range of services and to find out more about what makes East Dunbartonshire the perfect location for your business please contact the Assets and Estates team on 0141 578 8624.

Recruiting an Apprentice or Trainee

Taking on an apprentice or trainee is often the most viable route for businesses when growing a team.

By recruiting an apprentice or trainee, your business can benefit from fresh thinking and someone who is ready to adopt your business values.

Recruiting a Graduate

Graduates can provide a great resource to your team and can be a cost effective way of growing your business, and you will be helping a young person develop their skills.

We are able to help you identify if graduate recruitment is for you, put you in contact with graduates, and may be able to help with some of the costs.

Workforce Development

There are a number of different agencies that can support workforce development.

By contacting us, you will be able to access the support of these agencies through one local point of contact.

Business Continuity Planning

Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a process that helps mitigate risks to the smooth running of an organisation, thereby ensuring that it can continue to operate despite a disruption.

The whole process is sometimes referred to as Business Continuity Management (BCM). BCM is an ongoing process that helps organisations anticipate, prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disruptions, whatever their source and whatever aspect of the organisation they affect.

The BCM Lifecycle

Stage 1: Understanding your business
Stage 2: Developing BCM strategies
Stage 3: Developing and implementing a BCM response
Stage 4: Establishing a BCM culture
Stage 5: Maintaining and auditing BCM
Source: Business Continuity Institute, 2002

What should be covered in a Business Continuity Plan?

A Business Continuity Plan will identify all the requirements which are essential to keeping your business running. It provides a set of instructions on what to do at a time of crisis and should set out clear roles and responsibilities. It should list the actions that will allow key business activities to continue in the most difficult circumstances.

Types of Risk

  • Floods/storms/high winds
  • Fire
  • Loss of premises
  • Loss of telecommunications
  • Loss of power
  • Disruption to fuel supplies
  • Loss of/reduction in staff

Possible Effects

  • Failure of business
  • Loss of Income
  • Damage to reputation
  • Loss of customers
  • Legal/regulatory penalties
  • Loss of trained employees
  • Increased insurance penalties

Business Continuity Basic Checklist

  • Have you made a list of important telephone numbers (customers, clients, suppliers, employees)?
  • Do you store your vital computer information on back up disks or servers away from your premises?
  • Do you have an asset register?
  • Do you and your staff know the location of stopcocks, valves and electric mains switch?
  • Have you considered alternative arrangements in order to continue operations (locations, suppliers, equipment etc.)?
  • Do you have an emergency pack that includes a plan of the site, spare keys and contact details?
  • Is it stored in a safe place that is known by your key personnel?
The Women's Business Centre

The Women's Business Centre is a website designed to support women at the pre-start and start-up through to growth stages of their business journey.

Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the Women's Business Centre website is free to access and offers dedicated, needs-based content on starting and growing a business, including stories, encouragement and top tips from leading business owners across Scotland.

Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

The Supplier Development Programme provides support through a range of free tender training, e-learning modules and Meet the Buyer events to help Scottish SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations in bidding for public sector opportunities.

Redundancy Support

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.

Other Business Support across Scotland

Information on the free advice and support available from Scotland’s public sector business support organisations is available to find, all in one place, at Find Business Support.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Kirkintilloch

Southbank House
1 Strathkelvin Place
G66 1XQ
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0141 578 8530

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Milngavie

Enterprise Centre
Ellangowan Court
G62 8PH
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0141 578 8530

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00 (appointment only)