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Business Gateway Edinburgh offers expert support and guidance to new and existing businesses.

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.

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.

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Hardship Fund

This fund is to provide hardship relief to B&B and other Small Serviced Accommodation businesses who don't have a business bank account and have not been able to access support through other schemes. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £3,000.

Find out more about the fund and apply for it through your Local Authority here: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/bandbfund

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

A £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund with £2,000 grants is available through Scottish Local Authorities to help the newly self-employed who are facing hardship and who are ineligible for UK support (as they became self-employed since April 2019).

Apply through your Local Authority here: https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/xfp/form/211

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

The Fund is open to applications from today, 24 March 2020 and will offer either:

  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief or businesses who qualify for Small Business Bonus Scheme but instead are in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Fresh Start Relief, Discretionary Sports Relief, Enterprise Areas relief, or Charitable Rate Relief, or;
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,001 and £50,999.

Guidance notes are available with the application form. The form can be found here along with further information on where to apply:
https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus-4/businesses-employers?documentId=12924&categoryId=20297

If you do not qualify for this assistance, we are hopeful of more Government Announcements in due course.

We remain open for business to deliver support where required, and our advisers continue to provide free support with a wide range of business matters including continuity planning.

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. 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.

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.

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 www.bgateway.com/events.

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 August 2020, for more information email sally.clark@bgateway.com.

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. To be added to our mailing list please email Shirley.shields@edinburgh.gov.uk.

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 bglothian@bgateway.com.

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.

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
Edinburgh
EH8 8BG
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0131 529 6644

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

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