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Business Gateway Shetland provides support to individuals and businesses in Shetland with quality, practical advice and guidance. Whether you are starting or growing a business, we provide access to a range of publicly funded business support services.

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.

A business adviser from your local office 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

Here in Shetland we offer a range of initiatives to help your business - whatever stage you may be at - from those at the stage of considering a new business through to specialist development support for established businesses. This is delivered through a range of support including our workshop training programme, business advice, 1:1 surgeries and dedicated specialist support.

Economic Development Grant Scheme

Financial assistance is provided to assist new start and existing business clients with the costs related to developing projects which meet key eligibility criteria and will result in extensive local benefits.

Local Advisers

Starting your business

Our team of Start-up Advisers work with individuals and businesses in that crucial first year of trading to provide practical advice and guidance. Dedicated support is also available through our High Value Start-Up Service and our dedicated, free, training workshops.

Growing your business

Our team of Business Advisers work with established businesses providing knowledge, expertise and access to a range of specialist support. Working with you, they can determine what help is available to enable your business to grow and develop. We work closely with Shetland Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to achieve the best results for you.

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 Lerwick

Solarhus
3 North Ness Business Park
Lerwick
ZE1 0LZ
Get directions
01595 745 945

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00