East Renfrewshire

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

Local and virtual support to help your business

Find out what support and webinars are available to you and your business.

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.

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.

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.

New COVID Recovery Grants – now open until 31st October 2021

There are five different grants available and eligible businesses can apply to more than one fund.

Successful applicants will receive 50% of the claimed amount up to the limits stated. e.g. If you claim for the maximum £500 grant for PPE, you'll need to provide evidence of £1000 spend. This does not apply to the Local Discretionary payment to Closed Businesses fund.

  • PPE payments: Up to £500 to spend on PPE equipment (face masks; sanitizer; hand washing etc.).
  • Deep Clean payments: Up to £250 to engage a company to provide deep cleaning after a Covid outbreak amongst staff or customers.
  • Adaptation payments: Up to £1,000 to spend on adaptations made to premises to adhere to social distancing and Covid measures (screens; change of exits; entrances; change of space).
  • E-Sales websites & E-Sales Marketing payments: Up to £500 to spend to develop e-commerce or e-marketing activity.
  • Local Discretionary payment to Closed Businesses: £350 or £525 per week payment for businesses that need to close due to a Covid breakout within their staff base. Please note, this grant is restricted to claims made after 9 August when all restrictions were removed from businesses in respect of closure or restricted trading.

    These are now live and can be accessed at:https://covid.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/4426/Covid-Recovery-Grants

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)