East Lothian

East Lothian

Business Gateway East Lothian provides expert support and guidance to new and existing businesses.

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

Business Gateway East Lothian offers a range of support to new and existing businesses in the area. These include:

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.

East Lothian Investment Ltd

Loans are available to new and existing businesses that show commercial viability and growth potential. For more information visit East Lothian Investments.

Biz East Lothian Coffee Mornings

Free and informal networking events across East Lothian, covering various business topics. A chance to meet other businesses and get involved. For details of the upcoming events, see our Facebook/LinkedIn pages – Biz East Lothian or call us on 01620 827870.

Childminder Start-up Grant

Grants are available to new childminders in East Lothian. The grant will cover start-up costs such as safety equipment. Call 01620 827282 for more details.

Council Services

East Lothian Council has various services that are useful to businesses. These include the following:

  • Licensing and regulations - Find out if you need a license and how to apply
  • Planning permission - Advice and guidance on planning and building issues
  • Non-domestic rates - Find out if you are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme
  • Environmental Health - Assistance in the registration of new food premises
  • Trading Standards - Complying with trading standards regulations

For more information about these services visit the East Lothian Council website.

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 Musselburgh

Queen Margaret University
Musselburgh
EH21 6UU
Get directions
01620 827 870

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, by appointment

09:00 to 15:00

Business Gateway Haddington

East Lothian Works
9-11 Lodge Street
Haddington
EH41 3DX
Get directions
01620 827 870

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, by appointment

09.00 to 16.00

Dunbar Outreach Office

Bleachingfield Centre
Countess Crescent
Dunbar
EH42 1DX
Get directions
01620 827 870

Opening hours:

Monday – Friday

by appointment