Business Support

Business Gateway East Renfrewshire services are an integral part of East Renfrewshire Council's support to local business. The Business Gateway team work very closely with the Council's in-house economic development, business support and employability teams to ensure that local businesses and individuals looking to start up, establish and grow their business receive the best possible support. East Renfrewshire Council offers a wide range of support to help local businesses develop and grow and includes the following:

Growth New Start Fund

Up to £1,000 for New Business Start-ups or young businesses set up within last 12 months and able to grow their turnover within 3 years to over £100,000.

Will Fund

  • Some start up costs e.g premises rental
  • IT or Website Development
  • Business Equipment 
  • Marketing Campaigns

Won't Fund

  • Rates / VAT / Loan repayments
  • Laptops / Tablets
  • Sponsorship / Donations
  • Vehicle Purchases

Growth Company Development Fund

The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of £10,000, for established businesses (over 12 months) and able to grow their turnover within 3 years to over £150,000.

Will Fund

  • IT or Website Development
  • Business Equipment 
  • Marketing Campaigns 
  • Product Innovation / Research
  • Feasibility Studies
  • International Trade Shows

Won't Fund

  • Rates / VAT / Loan repayments
  • Laptops / Tablets
  • Sponsorship / Donations
  • Vehicle Purchases
  • Furniture / Consumables

Property Support Fund

Open to Businesses trading from an industrial / commercial premises within East Renfrewshire Council area. The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of £5,000.

Will Fund

  • Road / Entrance Improvements
  • Security measures
  • Signage
  • Landscaping Improvements
  • Expansion / Building

Won't Fund

  • Rates / Rental Payments
  • Wi Fi Installation
  • IT Cabling
  • Internal Moveable Fixtures
  • Furniture Purchases
  • Statutory Compliance

Ask us if you are unsure if what you want to do is covered.

Micro Business Grant

Offers support of up to a maximum of £500 (inclusive of VAT) for expenditure on:

Business development activities, such as:

  • Equipment / Tools necessary to carry our work of business
  • Tooling costs to assist production
  • Website and Social Media Development to promote services and products
  • Vehicle Wrap / Decals to promote business information – must include contact details
  • Exhibition Materials to attend national / international trade events

It will not support:

  • Vehicles or their upkeep
  • Premises or rent / lease costs
  • Equipment rental or lease costs
  • Refurbishment or repair costs
  • Office Furniture
  • Laptops / Tablets
  • Franchise Costs
  • Business Running Costs
  • Hospitality or Accommodation Costs in pursuance of events

For information on the funding support available and the application process please email business@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk.

The programmes are funded through;

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