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East Renfrewshire

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

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 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 £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.

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
G78 1SW
Get directions
0141 530 3946

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00 (appointment only)