Business Gateway Midlothian offers expert help and support to new and existing businesses.

Business Gateway Midlothian, working with Midlothian Council, offers a range of support to new and existing businesses in the area.

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 resources and one-to-one support can help you strengthen your business.

Whether you’re looking to take on premises or learn more about digital marketing, we can help you take the next step. Get started by taking 10 minutes to complete our Strengthen Your Business Tool and get a personalised dashboard of online resources and webinars.

We know that your time is in short supply, so we also offer one-to-one 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

Access webinars, online guides and a Digital Health Check.

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

Our Digital 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.

Business Loans Scotland

This fund 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 website or call 0131 516 4362.

Childminding Grant

You can get a grant to start a registered childminding business. The grant is to meet the Childcare Commission's requirements for registration as a childminder.

Anyone starting a registered childminding business in Midlothian is eligible to apply. To find out more visit the Midlothian Council website.

Council Services

Midlothian Council has a range of services that are useful to new start businesses.

These include:

  • Planning permission - Advice and guidance on planning and building issues. Call the Planning Duty Office on 0131 271 3302
  • Non-domestic rates - Find out if you are eligible for the Small Business Bonus Scheme by calling 0131 469 5746
  • Licensing and Regulations - Find out if you need a license and how to apply by calling 0131 271 3162 / 0131 271 3156
  • Environmental Health - Assistance in the registration of food premises and compliance with food safety regulations. Contact Environmental Health by calling 0131 271 3549
  • Trading Standards - Complying with Trading Standard regulations. Contact Trading Standards on 0131 271 3549
  • Sourcing business property - Find information about council property on the market and an online property search facility for public and privately-owned commercial property on the Midlothian Council website.
  • Midlothian Business Directory - Register for free and search the register for your local suppliers.

For more information on these services call 0131 516 4362 or visit the Midlothian Council website.

The Women's Business Centre

The Women's Business Centre is a website designed to support women at the pre-start and start-up through to growth 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)

The Supplier Development Programme provides support through a range of free tender training, e-learning modules and Meet the Buyer events to help Scottish SMEs, social enterprises and third sector organisations in bidding for public sector opportunities.

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 Dalkeith

Fairfield House
8 Lothian Road
EH22 1DN
Get directions
0131 271 3377

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00; Friday: 09:00 - 15.30