Perth Kinross

Perth & Kinross

Business Gateway Tayside is your gateway to free, expert, local assistance and advice. Whatever stage your business is at, our online support, local advisers, workshops and events are here to help with any business situation.

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

Your local Business Gateway Adviser can meet you in person and offer 1:1 advice over the phone and via email. We have a wealth of experience, resources and workshops 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, Leigh Hunt, 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.

E Commerce Training

We run a number of workshops locally from our Perth and Dundee offices. These include "Social Media" and "Trading Online". All workshops are free to attend although pre-registration is required to ensure that space is available.

Dundee City Council

The £1 billion transformation of Dundee city waterfront, which encompasses 240 hectares of development land stretching 8km along the River Tay, is a strategic, focused and forward-looking 30 year project (2001-2031) that is propelling the city to international acclaim.

The Economic Development Division in the city work towards the goals of building a strong and sustainable city economy and key sectors in Dundee include digital media, life sciences, contact centres and business tourism.

Funding support includes Dundee Development Grant, E-Zone Grant, Overseas Market Development Grant and Small Business Finance Dundee.

Angus Council

Angus Council offers a range of services to existing businesses of all types operating within Angus. They have a special remit to support those companies operating within the Tourism, sustainable energy and Food & Drink sectors. Angus Ahead web site supports the flourishing tourism sector in Angus and provides visitors to Angus with a dynamic and interactive snapshot of the area.

Funding support is available through Angus Employment Grant providing up to £500 capital grant for a new start business in Angus with growth potential, and up to £500 recruitment grant for new and existing businesses taking on their first PAYE employee. An additional incentive of £250 is provided if employees are aged between 18 and 24.

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.

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:

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.

Business Workshop and Event Guide January – March 2020

Download this guide to see what workshops and events are being delivered across the Tayside area over the next three months.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Perth & Kinross

Saltire House
3 Whitefriars Crescent
Get directions
01738 448 310

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00

Business Gateway Angus

City Quay Business Centre
27-28 Camperdown Street
Get directions
01382 848 275

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00