Starting your business

Starting up a business is a fun and exciting time but there is also lots to be done. Our local team can help you with many aspects of starting up e.g. what you're going to call your business, researching your market and your potential customers and planning.

Meet an Adviser

Business Gateway offer FREE advice and support to help you develop your ideas into an effective and practical plan. With a network of experienced business advisers we can work with you in confidence, to help you reach your full potential. As an example you can get help in the following areas:

  • Creating your business plan
  • Getting the most from your advertising and marketing
  • Thinking about taking on staff
  • Researching your business idea
  • Find out what funding you can apply for
  • Registering with HM Revenue and Customs
  • Finding and keeping customers
  • Access to professionally-drafted contracts and legal document template

Our advisers cover the area and are happy to come and meet you locally or support you by phone or email. All you need to do is get in touch to arrange a convenient time.

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Business Gateway offer a range of free business skills workshops, from start-up workshops covering the essentials before you launch your new venture to workshops that support you through the first stages of trading.

We can help you to develop your ideas into a practical and effective plan to launch your business, provide a basic understanding of book-keeping and even help you create a website and trade online to how to promote yourself through social media.

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Business Information

Are you struggling to find key information and relevant research about the sector you are starting a business in?

Business Gateway can provide you with a wealth of information from market insight reports providing you with relevant information to help with your market research to property searches to find premises.

We can also signpost you to other relevant contacts and support.

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Start Up Loans

Business Gateway offers loans, to help individuals across the Outer Hebrides to start their own business. The funding is provided by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

Find out more about the loan

The Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust business support programme is delivered in the Outer Hebrides by the Business Gateway team. The Prince’s Trust offers young people aged 16 to 30 support to start their own business, including advice, support, funding and aftercare. 

Find out more about the Prince’s Trust

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