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Inverclyde

Business Gateway Inverclyde provides quality, practical advice and guidance to new and existing businesses in the Inverclyde area.

Business Gateway Inverclyde services are delivered on behalf of Inverclyde Council and are an integral part of the Council's support to local business. The Business Gateway team work very closely with the Council's in-house business support and employability teams to ensure that local businesses and individuals looking to start up, establish and grow their business receive the best possible support. Inverclyde Council offers a wide range of support to help local businesses develop and grow, including:

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can support your start-up journey.

Our Planning To Start tool is a great place to begin. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and provides you with an instant toolkit with key resources & information. We'll then connect you with a member of the team at our local office for further support.

Our website offers a business plan guide and template to download when you’re ready, market reports and research, as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Plus, we have a great range of webinars to hone your start-up skills – from writing a business plan to marketing on a budget.

With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.

Running a Business?

Our 1:1 advice, online resources and webinars can help you plan, adapt and grow.

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 create a strategic action plan to suit your ambitions.

Our online resources and webinars can help you learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence. From HR to restructuring, innovation and digital marketing - we can help. And if specialist input is required, we can connect you to other sources of support.

Improve your Digital Skills with DigitalBoost

Access 1:1 consultancy, webinars, online guides and a Digital Health Check with our DigitalBoost programme.

From digital marketing strategy to social media, e-Commerce, cyber security and more, we can help boost your digital performance.

Our DigitalBoost Health Check is a great place to start. It will help pinpoint your digital strengths, areas you could improve, and how we can help, and it only takes 5 minutes to complete.

Employer Plus Partnership

The Partnership comprises a range of public and third sector agencies working together to provide local Inverclyde businesses with the support they need to address their employment needs through a single point of contact.

Support available includes free recruitment services, recruitment incentives and access to a pool of young people learning new skills on national and local training programmes.

To find out more about the above support, visit the Inverclyde Council and Employer Plus Partnership websites or contact the local Business Gateway office by completing the Contact Form on the Contact Us page.

Business Training Support

We may be able to offer business training support for management level training.

The Small Business Assistance Scheme offers business training support of up to 50% of total costs to a maximum of £2,000 for training for business development training which will have the potential to improve the business turnover/profitability or employment.

The Women's Business Centre

The Women's Business Centre is a digital platform designed to support women at the pre-start and start up stages of their business journey.

Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the Women's Business Centre 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.

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.

Redundancy Support

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.

Other Business Support across Scotland

Information on the free advice and support available from Scotland’s public sector business support organisations is available to find, all in one place, at Find Business Support.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Greenock

9 Clyde Square
Oak Mall Shopping Centre
Greenock
PA15 1NB
Get directions
01475 715 589

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday (appointment only)

Mon to Thurs: 08:45 - 16:30; Fri 08.45 - 15.45