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Business Gateway is based in Exchange House, close to George Square in the city centre. We're here to provide advice and support to people who want to start a business in Glasgow - and to help existing businesses grow and be more successful.

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

From the Glasgow office we can signpost you to a whole range of business support services available in the city – a small selection is detailed below. Get in touch if you don't see the information you're looking for.

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.

Property Advice Drop-In Service

We are delighted to be working in partnership with City Property to provide a fortnightly property advice drop-in service. Clients can discuss with a Tenant Liaison Officer any aspect of commercial property such as finding an appropriate property, taking on a lease, what class of planning consent will be required etc.

Please speak to your Business Adviser to find out more.

Exporting Advice

Looking for advice on Exporting? Get 1:1 expert advice from an Export Adviser from SDI. This is a monthly service.

To book your 1:1 session please contact Business Gateway Glasgow on 0141 276 5333.

Young Entrepreneurs

If you're a young person thinking about starting a business, the Prince's Trust Youth Business Scotland programme can provide help, mentoring and funding to get you started.

The Prince's Trust Explore Enterprise course comprises a four-day workshop to learn about topics relevant to planning and running a business and to consider whether self-employment is right for you - whether you have an idea or not. It is designed to be practical, interactive and visual, based around discussions and activities. It aims to enable you to feel what running your own business would be like and what it would involve.

Unemployed Entrepreneurs

If you're over 18, unemployed and on Job Seeker's Allowance there is extra help to start a business in Glasgow through the New Enterprise Allowance programme.

New Enterprise Allowance

NEA is a government funded programme to help unemployed people move into self employment. It recognises that there are costs associated with starting a business and offers a weekly allowance for up to 26 weeks along with the possibility of loan funding (this has to be paid back). NEA does not affect your housing benefit or tax credits.

You should contact your Job Centre Plus adviser in the first instance to be referred to our partners at the local delivery agency. You are of course welcome to attend our workshops and access help from Business Gateway while you are on the programme, however you should note that we have no additional funds to offer.

Ethnic entrepreneurs

If you’re from a BME background, a refugee granted leave to remain in Glasgow, from one of the new European states or staying in Scotland under a post-study visa we have a unique Ethnic Entrepreneurship service to help you.

Intermediaries

We might not know the answer to your question – but we know someone who will! Collectively we have a great network of business support partners to call on for specific, specialised, sectoral or expert help. We’ll signpost the most relevant and useful services for your business.

Useful links

Connect with other business support agencies to help your idea or business grow.

Glasgow City Council Business Support

www.business-glasgow.co.uk

Business Glasgow is Glasgow City Council’s Business Growth team, visit the website for information on all business support available.

Scottish Enterprise

www.scottish-enterprise.com

Scottish Enterprise is a public body funded by the Scottish Government to encourage economic development, enterprise, innovation and investment in business.

Scottish Development International

www.sdi.co.uk

SDI helps foreign companies invest and thrive in Scotland, and local enterprises make the most of international trade and global markets.

HMRC

www.hmrc.gov.uk

HMRC is the UK tax authority responsible for all aspects of taxation for individuals and companies operating from the UK.

mygov.scot

www.mygov.scot/business/develop-ideas-for-businesses/

Support for inventors and innovators to protect their ideas and commercialise their products.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce

www.glasgowchamberofcommerce.com

Membership organisation promoting the interests of Glasgow and Glasgow businesses at home and abroad.

DSL Business Finance

www.dsl-businessfinance.co.uk

Established in 1993 with a remit to "encourage and nurture profitable and sustainable enterprises in the areas that are amongst the most depressed and disadvantaged in Glasgow," DSL now provides loan funding for businesses across Scotland.

Federation of Small Businesses

www.fsb.org.uk

The FSB is the UK's largest non-political, not for profit campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms across Britain.

Business at the Mitchell

www.glasgowlife.org.uk

Business information and research services from Glasgow's main reference library.

Skills Development Scotland

www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk

Scotland's skills and employment body helping businesses recruit and develop their workforce through training and funding.

Intellectual Property Office

www.ipo.gov.uk

The IPO is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom including patents, designs, trademarks and copyright.

Firstport

www.firstport.org.uk

Free start-up support for social enterprises.

CEIS

www.ceis.org.uk

Business support and capacity building for existing social enterprises.

Cultural Enterprise Office

www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk

Business advice and support for creative industries. Includes music, art, film, performance, writing and design.

Scottish Women in Business

www.scottishwomeninbusiness.org.uk

A membership body providing networking opportunities for business women in and around Glasgow.

The Prince's Trust

www.princes-trust.org.uk

If you’re 18 to 30, living in the UK and unemployed, or working fewer than 16 hours a week, and have a business idea or some ideas to explore, the Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme could be for you.

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 Glasgow

Exchange House
231 George Street
Glasgow
G1 1RX
Get directions
0141 530 6210

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00