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Lanarkshire

Business Gateway Lanarkshire works with individuals and businesses across North and South Lanarkshire to support them to achieve their ambitions and goals.

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

In Lanarkshire, Business Gateway can provide detailed business advice and support to help you grow your business. Whether your business is new or has been trading for years, we can provide support to help achieve your goals.

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.

Finance and Funding

Business Gateway Lanarkshire has access to a wide range of funding and finance programmes to support the growth and development of your business. Our advisers can help to identify appropriate funding and guide you through the eligibility criteria and application process.

Meet a Business Adviser

All businesses in Lanarkshire can meet with an experienced business adviser to discuss their particular start-up, growth or survivability requirements. We can provide direct advice and link you into our wider team of associates and partner organisations for further requirements.

Specialist Surgeries

Local businesses can benefit from time with an expert consultant to discuss specific areas of their business such as marketing, tendering & procurement, ICT, HR & legal issues. Please call to pre-book your surgery appointment.

Employing Staff

If you are thinking about taking on new staff for the first time or want to grow your existing team, our advisers can provide you with current details of available wage subsidy and employability programmes as well as wider training & development opportunities for your team.

Social Enterprise

Business Gateway Lanarkshire has a dedicated team working with the enterprising third sector. If you are thinking about starting or already running a social enterprise we can help you with business advice and access to further support.

Intermediaries

Working together in partnership Business Gateway, local service providers such as accountants, banks, lawyers, consultants can generate real results with client businesses. Business Gateway also has strong links with local business groups such as Lanarkshire Chamber, FSB and CEED.

Young Entrepreneurs

If you’re an entrepreneur between the ages of 18 – 30, let our local team support you to start your new venture or help your existing business reach its next goal. We have extensive links to national support agencies for young entrepreneurs and can help you with business planning, marketing, access to finance and training.

Growing your business

We know that running a business can be both rewarding and challenging, trying to grow sales and profit can be difficult. Our local team can help you face the challenges to achieve your ambitions. We can support you to develop and implement your growth strategy through 1:1 advice, access to a range of business experts, access to local and national business support and funding programmes, plus a number of local networking and business skills workshops.

Your business idea

If you are thinking about self employment or starting a new business, we’d love to help you make it a success. Our local team can help you with all the essentials, from researching your idea and marketplace through to the correct legal structure, marketing, fundraising, business planning, recruiting staff and sourcing property.

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 Lanarkshire

Cumbernauld College
Cumbernauld
G67 1HU
Get directions
01236 888602

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Lanark

RC McLeish Insurances Brokers
37-39 Wellgate
Lanark
ML11 9DS
Get directions
01236 888 319

Business Gateway Coatbridge

Atrium Business Centre
North Caldeen Road
Coatbridge
ML5 4EF
Get directions
01236 888 319

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Motherwell

Dalziel Building
7 Scott Street
Motherwell
ML1 1PN
Get directions
01236 888 319

Opening hours:

Monday, by appointment

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway East Kilbride

East Kilbride Training & Business Hub
57, The Plaza Shopping Centre
East Kilbride
G74 1LL
Get directions
01236 888 319

Opening hours:

Wednesday and Thursday, by appointment only

09:30 - 16:30

Business Gateway Hamilton

Barncluith Business Centre
Townhead Street
Hamilton
ML3 7DP
Get directions
01236 888 319

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00