Falkirk

Falkirk

Business Gateway in Falkirk offers businesses practical help and guidance. Whether you're starting up or growing a business, we provide access to publicly-funded business support services. By supporting new and developing businesses across the Falkirk area, we contribute to Scotland's economic wellbeing.

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

We offer additional start-up, financial and procurement assistance as well as signposting and networking support across Falkirk:

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.

Human Resources Support

Business Gateway Falkirk offers a professional HR Advisory Service providing information, advice and support in a broad range of employment matters.

Whether you already employ people, or are looking to hire someone for the first time, let us help you ensure you meet legislation and have the right staff for the job. With our dedicated HR Business Adviser, helpful guides, templates and workshops, you can select the method which suits you to ensure your staff are happy and your business can be a success.

Our expertise covers all areas of employment, from recruitment, working hours, training, legislation, health and safety and payroll.

Small Business Bonus Scheme

This scheme offers reduced non-domestic rates on qualifying business premises. More information is available on the Scottish Government website.

Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER - Sustainable Tourism Business Grant Scheme

This is aimed at helping small rural tourism businesses to develop in a sustainable way whilst at the same time generating local community benefit. The grant available is 50 percent of eligible development costs (up to a maximum of £10,000) towards capital purchase. The grant can also be used on business development costs that promote the sustainability of the operation or area.

Community benefit must be delivered as part of the business development and must be measurable and evidenced through a local community organisation. You must provide a business plan with your application. More information is available on the Forth Valley and Lomond LEADER website.

Business Loans Scotland

This loan fund of up to £100,000 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 the Business Loans Scotland.

Falkirk Business Loan fund (formerly BP Business Loan Fund)

The Falkirk Business Loan Fund (formerly BP Loan Fund) provides loans to new and existing businesses of up to £10,000 at a competitive rate of interest of 6%. There is no arrangement fee and loans can be used for plant and equipment, vehicles, working capital or the refurbishment of business premises.

To discuss a loan or apply contact DSL on 0141 425 2930 or info@dsl-businessfinance.co.uk (Terms and conditions apply).

Procurement Support through the Supplier Development Programme

The Supplier Development Programme delivers a range of specialist business support activities including advice, training and information. The aim is to assist businesses to become more capable of accessing and competing for contracts. The annual Meet the Buyer event can help businesses make contact with public sector buyers. The popular workshops provide in-depth advice on helping companies to compile winning tenders. Read more about the programme on the Supplier Development Programme website.

Falkirk Business Panel

Its aim is to enable all businesses both large and small to work collectively to create a strong, business-focused environment for the benefit of the local and regional economy. Core objectives are to improve communications between businesses across the sectors, raise the profile of the business community both within and outside their areas, and to engage the business community in the economic regeneration activities taking place.

All businesses in the Falkirk area are eligible to receive regular e-zines. They will also be invited to participate proactively in key business events taking place throughout the year. You can find more business support information on the Falkirk Council website.

Local Expert Help

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, our Expert Help programme allows businesses to access support from a specialist to sustain and develop their business.

Use of the Support

  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Finance
  • Procurement
  • Leadership and Organisational Development
  • Digital Media Solutions
  • Environmental

What is Available

  • Up to 3 days fully funded support
  • Advice from experienced, qualified, professional experts
  • Wide range of sectors and industries covered

Who can Apply

  • Typically, businesses with fewer than 50 employees targeting increased sales approaching £200,000 or more over a 3 year period.

How to Apply

  • If your business could benefit from any part of this suite of support which businesses can access completely free of charge, contact Business Gateway Falkirk on 01324 808 266 or at falkirk@bgateway.com
Falkirk Business Clinics

Falkirk Business Clinics have been launched to provide access to specialist advice on topics such as HR, legal, digital, procurement and funding. Local professional experts on these topics are available for appointments at various clinics – contact Business Gateway Falkirk to book an appointment:

Lending Clinics

Thursday 25th July

Wednesday 25th September

09:30 - 12:00

An opportunity to meet and discuss your potential business lending requirements with a business lending specialist. Find out what process and information is required to progress a lending application. Hear more on The Falkirk Loan Fund and other sources of funding.

To book call 013244 808266 or e-mail business@falkirk.gov.uk

Digital Clinic

Wednesday 28th August

13:00 - 16:00

Need some more advice on Digital Matters?

Topics covered are websites; digital marketing & social media; IT infrastructure and E-commerce.

To book call 013244 808266 or e-mail business@falkirk.gov.uk

Legal Clinic

Wednesday 28th August

09:00 - 12:00

An opportunity to access legal advice from a local lawyer, providing expertise in many matters:

  • Company Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Data Protection

To book call 013244 808266 or e-mail business@falkirk.gov.uk

Falkirk Council Procurement Clinics

Wednesday 28th August

Wednesday 25th September

Wanting to discover the best way to sell to Falkirk Council?

The Procurement and Commissioning Unit provide a support service to Falkirk Based Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who are interested in doing business with the Council and are looking for procurement guidance and advice.

Procurement clinic spaces are free and can be booked by e-mailing pcu@falkirk.gov.uk

HR Clinic

Tuesday 3rd September

09:30 - 12:30

An opportunity to meet an HR expert to access a variety of support & advice including:

  • First Time Employers
  • Contracts of Employment
  • Disciplinary Process
  • GDPR guidelines & More

To book call 013244 808266 or e-mail business@falkirk.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 Falkirk

Falkirk Stadium
4 Stadium Way
Falkirk
FK2 9EE
Get directions
01324 808 522

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00