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.


Business Adviser


Diana Abernethy joined the Business Gateway in 2010. She has worked for a local economic and business consultancy firm for over 12 years and has supported clients from a number of different industry sectors including aquaculture, childcare, food and drink, IT, tourism, textiles and retail.

She is also involved in the day-to-day running of a small business and has direct experience of the complexities this can involve. Her specific areas of interest include business planning and development, finance and HR. Diana holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies, a Pg Dip in Local Economic Development and a Diploma In Business Advice and Counselling.


Business Adviser


Jeff Gaskell originally trained in landscape architecture, working on projects in UK, US and Oman. In 1995, Jeff made the move into urban economic regeneration which included concentrating on projects in both commercial and social enterprise development. Jeff moved to Shetland in 2008 and became a Business Gateway adviser and trainer in 2009.

He has been involved in over 1,000 start-ups, offering a general, but strategic, approach, encouraging and supporting managers with the knowledge to keep their business trading and thriving. Jeff has extensive knowledge and experience of quality management including ISO9001 implementation, intellectual asset management, Youth Business Scotland and PRIME support programmes and presentation of our First Steps into Business course.

Find your nearest office

Business Gateway Lerwick

3 North Ness Business Park
Get directions
01595 745 945

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday

09:00 to 17:00