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Business Gateway Fife, delivering on behalf of Fife Council, offers a range of support and advice to individuals who are looking to set up in business, newly formed businesses and existing businesses who are looking to grow and develop.

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

Here in Fife we offer a range of initiatives to help your business - whatever stage you may be at - from our workshop programme, business advice, 1:1 surgeries and specialist support.

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.

Be Your Own Boss

Do you already have a business idea or have skills that you could turn into a business?

If you are looking to set up your own business then we can help. We offer lots of guidance and support to help make ‘being your own boss’ a reality. We can offer:

  • Advice on how to start
  • How to register your business
  • Training & mentoring
  • Funding guidance and application assistance
  • Business planning and marketing advice

Olderpreneurs

A new generation of entrepreneurs are making an impact on the economy – older, wiser and armed with a bank of experience, these “Olderpreneurs” are taking control of their future as well as their financial positions.

Perhaps now is the time for you too, to cash-in and take the leap into self-employment, after all, age is just a number.

Let's Do This

Whether it is borne from the desire to go for a full blown career change, the need to create a second income, the wish to invest a windfall or the simple decision to ditch the retirement lifestyle, whatever your driving force, if you are looking to become self-employed and want to invest in your skills and knowledge, there is an opportunity to do it – and we can help you!

Where do I start?

To become an Olderpreneur Business Gateway Fife can offer you support to channel your experi-ence, drive and determination and help you build your own business, if you are based in Fife - all you need to do is get in touch.

We will assign you to an experienced adviser who will establish where you are in your business jour-ney and provide you with relevant information and signpost you to the right sources to help you get your business started.

Business Idea and Start-Up Advisers

You have the idea but now need to turn that into reality and we can help. The sooner that you talk to an adviser about your idea the better. We'll help you to evaluate your idea, offer you the necessary training, advice and access to quality information that will provide the foundations of your new business.

Growth Business Advisers

If you have an established business in Fife, our team of Business Advisers will work with you to determine the best strategy for your business to grow. By carrying out a full business review, covering strategic, operational and tactical issues we can help businesses identify constraints to growth and market development.

Specialist Support – HR and Employability

Recruiting staff or managing people? We have a dedicated HR Adviser who can assist you with a range of recruitment and staffing queries.

HR Adviser (Support for hiring new employees)

If you are looking to employ a new member of staff, whether it's for a short-term placement or full time position, there is a wide range of support in the form of Apprenticeships, Internships and Placements which may help you take on your next employee.

Better still, at Business Gateway Fife, our HR and Employability Adviser will not only advise you on which options are the most viable for your business but she can also discuss current HR legislative requirements for Employers.

We understand that people are absolutely critical to the overall success of your business which is why we offer HR Support. If you have a specific HR or Employability query, please get in touch with us today.

We work closely with external partners who may be able to offer their services and employment pro-grams. See those highlighted below:

Modern Apprenticeships

Adopt an Intern
ScotGrad - Help to Hire Graduates

Work Trials

Low Carbon Skills Fund

Enterprise Hub Fife, Glenrothes

Enterprise Hub Fife is designed to provide enterprising individuals and start-ups with growth aspirations access to a unique facility which encourages collaboration, networking and business growth. The Hub is home to:

  • Fully furnished, affordable and all-inclusive offices with high speed broadband and ac-cess to a full support network to help your business grow.
  • An excellent hot desking environment for entrepreneurs on the move or to collaborate with like-minded
  • Private meeting room facilities and high-quality events facilities which can accommodate up to 55 delegates.

The Coalfields Training and Enterprise Hub Kincardine

The Coalfields Training and Enterprise Hub in Kincardine offers support and flexible work space for start-up businesses and social enterprises and is designed to inspire enterprising individuals, encourage collaboration and networking.

Based in the heart of the Longannet Communities, this flexible work space offers private meeting rooms, flexible hot desk and co-working facilities, professional and affordable offices and events space.

To find out more about the Enterprise Hubs in Glenrothes and Kincardine, visit enterprisehub-fife.co.uk or call 0800 254 5200.

1:1 Surgeries

At Business Gateway Fife we can you offer the opportunity to access free expert advice through our range of introductory surgeries – including Invention/Innovation, Finance, Exporting, Marketing and Legal (for business).

Financial Support

There is a range of financial and other support available to new and growing businesses in Fife. A list of these are given below, however criteria vary so please contact your Business Adviser on 01592 857 901 to discuss eligibility.

  • Financial Support to Businesses
  • Business Loans Scotland
  • Trade Development Programme
  • Expert Help
  • Fisheries Development Fund
  • Start Up Loan Fund
  • Prince's Trust Youth Business Scotland
  • Supplier Development Programme
  • RSA & Digital Development Loan
  • Westport Business Centre, Cupar

Innovation Support Surgeries – For Businesses

Business Gateway Fife has teamed up with Interface to offer free and confidential one-to-one Innovation Clinics in Fife, giving you an opportunity to discuss your business ideas and challenges.

Shelley Breckenridge, Business Engagement Manager at Interface, is looking to help businesses diversify, carry out research, access student groups and develop new products, processes or services by connecting them with Scottish universities and research institutes. Shelley holds fortnightly clinics in the Enterprise Hub in Glenrothes where you can meet up to discuss your current requirements and get advice on how Interface can help. She can also advise on funding options as Interface administer Scottish Funding Council Innovation Vouchers of up to £5k, which can be applicable for some of the projects that come forward after these discussions.

For more information visit www.interface-online.org.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

Glenrothes Main Office

Saltire House
Pentland Park
Glenrothes
KY6 2AL
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01592 857 902

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

08:00 to 17:00

Westport Business Centre

Office 1
Old School Road
Cupar
KY15 4EZ
Get directions
01592 857 902

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Dunfermline Business Centre

Izatt Avenue
Dunfermline
KY11 3BZ
Get directions
01592 857 902

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Kirkcaldy Business Incubator Centre

Myregormie Place
Mitchelston Industrial Estate
Kirkcaldy
KY1 3NA
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01592 858 333

Opening hours:

Appointment

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BID St Andrews

42A South Street
St. Andrews
KY16 9JT
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Leuchars Station Co Working Hub

Leuchars Station
St. Andrews
KY16 0JX
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