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.

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

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.

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.

Tax Advice

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.

Give us a call, send us an email, or get in touch via the website to speak to an adviser.

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 or email: estates@eastdunbarton.gov.uk

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 digital platform designed to support women at the pre start-up and start up stages of their business journey. Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the 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)

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 Kirkintilloch

McGregor House
10 Donaldson Crescent
Kirkintilloch
G66 1XF
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0141 578 8530

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Milngavie

Enterprise Centre
Ellangowan Court
Milngavie
G62 8PH
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0141 578 8530

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00 (appointment only)