West Lothian

West Lothian

Business Gateway West Lothian provides expert support and guidance to new and existing businesses.

Local and virtual support during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Outbreak

Find out what support and webinars are available to you and your business during the Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.

Scottish Bed & Breakfast Hardship Fund

This fund is to provide hardship relief to B&B and other Small Serviced Accommodation businesses who don't have a business bank account and have not been able to access support through other schemes. Successful applicants will receive a one-off payment of £3,000.

Find out more about the fund and apply for it through your Local Authority here: https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/bed-and-breakfast-fund

Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund

A £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund with £2,000 grants is available through Scottish Local Authorities to help the newly self-employed who are facing hardship and who are ineligible for UK support (as they became self-employed since April 2019).

Scottish Government Coronavirus Business Support Fund

The Fund is open to applications from today, 24 March 2020 and will offer either:

  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief or businesses who qualify for Small Business Bonus Scheme but instead are in receipt of Nursery Relief, Disabled Relief, Business Growth Accelerator Relief, Fresh Start Relief, Discretionary Sports Relief, Enterprise Areas relief, or Charitable Rate Relief, or;
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,001 and £50,999.

Guidance notes are available with the application form. The form can be found here along with further information on where to apply:
https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/article/51475/Coronavirus-Business-Support-Fund

If you do not qualify for this assistance, we are hopeful of more Government Announcements in due course.

We remain open for business to deliver support where required, and our advisers continue to provide free support with a wide range of business matters including continuity planning.

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.

Coronavirus Funding Support and Grants

A list of support that is available has been created and can be downloaded as a PDF.

It is being updated daily so please check back for further updates. It includes information on all business funding and grants made available to help businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak.

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. 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.

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 Programmes

Business Gateway West Lothian offers a range of support to new and existing businesses in the area. These include:

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.

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 or call 01506 283 260.

Childminding Grant

You can get a grant to start a registered childminding business. The loan is to meet the Childcare Commission's requirements for registration as a childminder. Anyone starting a registered childminding business in West Lothian is eligible to apply. To find out more visit the West Lothian Council website.

Council Services

West Lothian Council has a range of services that are useful to new start businesses. These include:

  • Environmental Health and Trading Standards - They enforce a range of consumer legislation through inspection of trade premises, testing equipment, sampling goods and investigating complaints. Call 01506 282 500 or email tradingstandards@westlothian.gov.uk to find out more.
  • Licensing - Find out if your business needs a license to trade and how to apply. Call 01506 281 632 or email licensingservices@westlothian.gov.uk for more information.
  • Planning - Guidance on all the aspects of the planning process. For more information call 01506 282 456 or email planning@westlothian.gov.uk.
  • Business Rates - For information on the billing or collection of Business Rates call 01506 776 982 or email businessrates@westlothian.gov.uk.
  • Commercial Property - The council provides a search facility to help businesses find property to suit their needs. Call 01506 283 285 or email propertymanagement@westlothian.gov.uk.

For more information on these services call 01506 777 400 or visit the West Lothian Council website.

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 Livingston

Arrochar House
Almondvale Boulevard
Livingston
EH54 6QJ
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01506 283 400

Opening hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs

08.30 - 17:00

Weds

09.30 -17:00

Fri

08.30 - 16:00