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East Renfrewshire

Business Gateway East Renfrewshire provides quality, practical advice and guidance to new and existing businesses in East Renfrewshire.

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. We are here to help your business emerge, rebuild and grow.

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 and 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

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:

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.

Growth New Start Fund up to £500

Designed to support businesses trading for no more than one year with the potential to achieve a minimum annual turnover of £100,000 within three years of trading.

The grant can provide assistance of up to £500 towards the start-up costs of businesses that are able to demonstrate growth potential.

Growth Company Development Fund up to £10,000

The discretionary Fund provides financial assistance to help businesses meet specific business growth objectives. It can support capital expenditure (including IT), property expansion/improvements, exhibiting at a national trade show or the costs of developing innovative products or processes. The fund can provide up to 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of £10,000.

Exclusions:

  • The purchase of furniture and consumables
  • Routine property maintenance
  • Development and marketing of information websites/brochure websites which lack a clear focus on e-commerce development
  • Purchase and installation of off-the-shelf software packages (eg. Microsoft Office software, standard Sage packages etc)
  • Purchases made via hire purchase, lease or other finance agreement

The Fund aims to support business growth by helping the business implement projects which increase turnover and increase or safeguard employment, through improvements in productivity, competitiveness or innovation.

This grant is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, funding for the development of a business e-commerce website must be acknowledged by using the appropriate European logo which must be displayed on the business website.

The project must NOT commence before approval is given as the grant cannot be awarded retrospectively. All payments for approved expenditure must be made through the business bank account and supported by invoices from suppliers. The grant is paid after the payments have been made.

Eligibility

The Fund is open to sole traders, partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited companies that:

  • operate from commercial premises within the Renfrewshire Council area, for which there is a signed lease/rental /licence agreement in place , and
  • are working with a Business Gateway Adviser, and
  • have a business bank account, and
  • are small or medium sized – employing fewer than 250, an annual turnover of less than €50m or balance sheet assets of less than the €43m, and no more than 25% of share capital owned by a large company/public body

The Fund is not open to:

  • Retail businesses (unless serving a niche market which will not adversely affect other retailers in the area)
  • Pubs, clubs, restaurants and other licensed trades (certain Tourism businesses may be eligible)
  • Professional / personal services
  • Businesses in the following sectors; the sex industry, politics, religion, nude or semi nude modelling or photography, gambling, multi-level marketing/pyramid selling.
  • Community groups, not for profit organisations, voluntary or charitable organisations (except social enterprises).

Priority will be given to businesses involved in Tourism, Construction, Manufacturing, the Service Sector which support manufacturing, Life Sciences, Creative Industries, Digital and Emerging Technologies.

Businesses may not apply for further funding through the programme within 24 months of any offer being made.

Micro Business Grant up to £500

The micro grant fund will provide funding of up to £500 towards one single item of equipment or software needed that is important for your business and will assist you to start or to grow.

The grant spend is limited to:

  • Provision of new equipment or tools (not already purchased or to replace old or worn items)
  • Specialist Computer Software (not operating systems or general processing packages such as Microsoft Office)
  • Website Development (not Facebook media or ads)
  • Leaflets
  • Banners & Vehicle Decals
  • Business Signage

Ineligible Businesses

The Fund is not open to the following retail businesses such as:

  • FMCG
  • Hairdressers & Beauticians
  • Dentists / Aesthetics
  • Estate Agents

Applications may be accepted from these businesses where they serve a niche market which will not adversely affect other retailers in the area or where the business can demonstrate that they are serving a different market / audience. These could be businesses such as wheat / dairy / gluten free food retailers, hairdressers / beauticians etc. servicing care homes, disabled clients etc. where equipment is necessary to assist with this specialist need.


All Micro Grant applicants must be able to complete their projects and claim all funds back by 31 March 2021.

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

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 Barrhead

Barrhead Foundry
Barrhead Sports Centre
Barrhead
G78 1SW
Get directions
07488 581308

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00 (appointment only)