Perth & Kinross

Business Gateway Tayside is your gateway to free, expert, local assistance and advice.

Local and virtual support to help your business

Find out what support and webinars are available to you and your business.

Local support is available to help with a wide range of business matters during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak. We know this may be a very challenging time for you. We can help with business contingency planning, digital marketing, managing cashflow, dealing with suppliers and a lot more.

Plus we will be delivering virtual services in the way of webinars and online 1:1 adviser sessions.

Get in touch with your local Business Gateway office and look through what we have available online to help you with a wide range of relevant business matters.

After COVID-19: Prepare to reopen your business

Business Gateway Tayside has developed a new digital support series, titled ‘After COVID-19: Prepare to reopen your business’.

Consisting of six set webinars, the series is aimed specifically at those looking to re-open their physical business premises and those ready to rebuild their business in line with Government guidelines. Topics include:

Health and Safety

This webinar will look at how businesses begin their return to work, and do so safely, complying with the law and Government guidance. It will also delve into how SMEs can re-open and take appropriate measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on staff, visitors, and contractors.

HR – Returning to work

This webinar will explain the steps you need to take for employees returning to the physical workplace, including those who will be returning to work after furlough leave. It will also cover the responsibilities you need to consider as an employer and how to ensure you are meeting legal requirements.

Leadership - Leading in a Crisis

This webinar will provide guidance for leaders at all levels, including how to: lead through a crisis, provide direction when the future is volatile and complex, look after your own wellbeing, handle competing priorities and remain agile, avoid depending on a sole leader, remaining optimistic and more.

Business Continuity Planning

This webinar will look at the importance of putting a continuity plan into place for future improvement. Key areas of discussion will include business optimisation, reviewing and refining current practice, sales and operations, financial planning, controlling costs and more.

Planning a digital strategy post COVID-19

This webinar will allow businesses to examine new digital options such trading online through a website, offering virtual appointments, click and collect services, and more. It will also focus on how to create an effective digital marketing strategy and the appropriate channels to use, as well as how to market new products and services to new and existing clients.

Sales Recovery Planning

This webinar will assess how consumer behaviour has changed, looking at the specific techniques SMEs can implement in order to progressively generate sales again and establish a refined sales process.

For further information and to book your free places, head to the Events section of our website.

Redundancy to Recovery in Four Steps

Business Gateway Tayside has launched a new specialist service aimed specifically at individuals who are facing redundancy and who may be looking to start their own business.

The service includes a redundancy pack, one to one adviser support and four webinars. Each one-hour webinar follows the Double Diamond approach to help individuals tackle challenges in a four-phase process:

  • Discover
  • Define
  • Develop
  • Deliver

Discover: Part one will focus on an idea generation workshop, with attendees looking at different ways to fall upon business ideas.

Define: Part two will help each attendee understand the importance of market research when exploring the viability of an idea and cover the key elements of the business model canvas for business success.

Develop: Part three will focus on the start-up requirements, with each attendee gaining a plethora of information for turning an idea into a business, including legal requirements and tax.

Deliver: Part four will focus on the funding and finance elements, from a personal survival budget, fixed and variable costs you will need to consider, to developing a cash flow forecast.

Those who attend will be provided with a personalised support pack from their dedicated business adviser.

For further information and to book your free place, head to the Events section on our website.

UK Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The UK Government has announced support if you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to the coronavirus. This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months.

To be eligible for self-employment income support you must:

  • have submitted your Income Tax Self Assessment tax return for the tax year 2018-19
  • have traded in the tax year 2019-20
  • be trading when you apply, or would be except for COVID-19
  • intend to continue to trade in the tax year 2020-21
  • have lost trading/partnership trading profits due to COVID-19

Full eligibility and application details can be found on the UK Government website.

Redundancy support for people and businesses in Scotland

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.

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 a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars 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 webinars 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 we offer 1:1 advice at a time and day to suit 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 webinars 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 how to create a business plan, digital marketing strategy, HR, intellectual property and other essentials that can help your business through these challenging times.

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 webinars, 1:1 expert adviser support and online tools and tutorials to help you improve your digital performance. Our DigitalBoost guides have 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

Your local Business Gateway Adviser can offer 1:1 advice over phone/video call and via email. We have a wealth of experience, resources and webinars to teach you everything from starting-up to growing your business. We also host events for you to grow your network. On a local basis, there are further, more in depth services, free to you and designed to assist you in everything from making best use of digital infrastructure to assistance in taking on new staff and developing your workforce, as outlined below…

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.

Developing your Workforce

Taking on new staff can be a challenging process. Our specialist HR adviser, Ann Kerr, can help with any aspect of taking on and employing staff from recruitment through to training and performance management. Leigh will also be able to point you to financial support such as the Skills Development Scotland Flexible Training Grant.

Digital Support

We run a number of webinars. These include "Social Media" and "Trading Online". All webinars are free to attend although pre-registration is required to ensure that space is available.

Expert Help

At Business Gateway Tayside we believe in providing you with the advice and support that you need in order to develop your business to its fullest potential. If required, Business Gateway's growth clients may access additional time from local professionals through "Expert Help" in order to develop business strategies in particular areas of business specialisms.

Women into Business Tayside

Women into Business is a networking group for women who are developing a business idea, or those who have recently started their business.

Young Entrepreneurs

We’re always delighted to help young entrepreneurs. Read on to find out more about advice and local connections for those aged 18-30.


We understand that your relationship with your clients is important. We’d like to make it even better by connecting you to local information, activities and funding.

Business Gateway works closely with a number of providers of local services and support to Tayside businesses.

Perth & Kinross Council

Perth & Kinross Council provide a business support service which will aim to meet the needs of businesses with growth potential in Perth & Kinross. Key sectors in Perth are tourism, renewables, food & drink and retail. Plans were unveiled in Spring 2014 to develop a new Food & Drink Park in Perth which seeks to support continued growth of the food and drink sector through the provision of serviced sites and business infrastructure.

The Angel's Share is a service managed and delivered by The Business Growth Team which is part of Perth & Kinross Council. The Angel's Share aims to match entrepreneurs and investors; helping businesses to develop, grow and succeed with the right support from the right business angels. This is not only in terms of the capital investment but also the matching of skills, experience, personality and vision.

The Growth Team also offer a number of events including a Marketing Master Class and Exporting Breakfast for new exporters.

Perth College

Perth College, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands providing a range of courses from access, national certificate to Honours and Masters levels.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise, together with Business Gateway form Scotland's main interface with start-up and growing businesses. Scottish Enterprise run events and can provide specialist information within the areas of innovation, funding and international business development.

Skills Development Scotland

SDS is the national skills body providing support through advice, resources and funding for individuals and employers. Key initiatives include the "Flexible Training Opportunity" grant and the "Skills For Growth" training needs evaluation.

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

A membership organisation committed to improving opportunities for Perth and Perthshire's local businesses, providing training, networking, a regular newsletter and business directory.

Rural LEADER Funding

The latest round of rural LEADER funding is available to Perthshire businesses, third sector projects and community initiatives on a 50% match funding basis. The amount of funding available per project is £1k - £30k and the initial step before any formal application or Business Plan requirement is a straightforward initial expression of interest available via:

This will then go to the local LEADER review board who will assess the project’s eligibility and contact the business directly to progress their application. There is a substantial amount of funding available (£3.8M) for the local area and so applications are welcomed. Projects can be wide ranging and may include third sector and community initiatives, new product development or the advancement of a business’s digital trading function.

Additional details are available via:

The Women's Business Centre

The Women’s Business Centre is a digital platform designed to support women at the pre start-up and start up stages of their business journey. Operated by Women’s Enterprise Scotland, the 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, 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 Perth & Kinross

112, Perth Creative Exchange
Stormont Street
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01738 448 310

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00