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Business Gateway Edinburgh offers 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 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.

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.

Women in Business

Women into Business events are run by some local Business Gateway offices. They give you the opportunity to exchange ideas with other local business women and improve your business skills.

Women in Business – Start Up Programme

4 x 3 hour workshops

These workshops will focus on developing a strong foundation on which to build a successful new business. Participants will learn tools to develop confidence and manage time effectively, whilst exploring their motivation. We will cover the basics of Marketing, Planning and Finance and provide an encouraging environment for participants to build their network and for their businesses to be a success.

To book check out all our workshops online

Women in Business – Growth Programme

6 x 3 hour workshops

WIB Growth provides the support and encouragement women need to get their business growth ambitions running effectively. It enables more female entrepreneurs to maximise the potential of their existing business and formulate strategies for development and growth. WIB Growth from Business Gateway is dedicated to the long-term concerns and ambitions of business women in Edinburgh. It encourages women to pursue the dream of growing their own business, supporting them to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure they are connected to appropriate sources of help and advice.

The main aims of WIB Growth are:

  • to motivate women who wish to grow their business into taking action
  • to increase the growth and survival of businesses already trading
  • to increase the business skills of aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs
  • to increase the number of networks used by women
  • to improve communication among female entrepreneurs and build a strong community of business women in Edinburgh and across Scotland

Our next programme will run in 2022, to be kept up to date, join our Edinburgh Women Founder’s Network

Women in Business – Networking Events

Annually in Edinburgh we celebrate International Women’s Day in March. This is our flagship event and in the past we have had speakers such as The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

In addition we run 3 other Women in Business networking events where we aim to showcase our Start Up and Growth female led businesses and also help all women in business to make valuable connections with each other and also, some of our partners, such as the banks, business angels and other business support organisations. Join our Edinburgh Women Founder’s Network.

Women in Business – Business Adviser Support

We have a team of highly qualified and motivated Business advisers, please contact us to make an appointment, tel: 0131 529 6644.

Local Support

Business Gateway Edinburgh offers a variety of support to new and existing businesses in Edinburgh. The support we offer is delivered on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Through Business Gateway you can access:

  • Free advice from our experienced business advisers to help you start a business or find new ways of doing business
  • Free local workshops and seminars - ranging from start-up sessions to specific skills events - covering marketing, finance and e-commerce
  • Free business information. The team offers information on all aspects of starting and growing a business. We are in partnership with other professional organisations - so you can be sure you will receive the best possible support.

For more information call 0131 516 8667 or email

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.

Business Loans Scotland

This fund is for businesses with commercially-viable proposals who may experience difficulty in raising all the required funding from the usual commercial sources. To discuss funding requirements please visit Business Loans Scotland.

Council Services

The Council has a range of services that are useful to new start businesses. These include:

Waste Compliance

Trade waste is any waste or recycling produced by any type of business, regardless of size. For advice on how to dispose of your business waste legally visit Edinburgh City Council or call 0131 529 3030.

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.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Edinburgh

Waverley Court
4 East Market Street
Get directions
0131 529 6644

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

Monday to Thursday: 08.30 - 17:00; Friday: 08.30 - 16:00