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Are you in the process of starting or running your business but have some research questions you need help answering?


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Don’t worry… the Business Gateway Information Team can assist you with a range of matters from assessing your competitors, researching international markets, or information to support you when considering developing new products or services.

We specialise in answering questions like:

  • How do I identify trends and opportunities within my market?
  • How can I stay up to date with developments in my market?
  • How can I find business premises?
  • How can I identify customers or competitors?
  • How do I know if a potential supplier is available?
  • How can I identify export markets?

What we provide:

Our free service provides:

  • UK and International Market Intelligence
  • News Reports
  • Property and Land Searches
  • Statistics and Demographics
  • Company Lists
  • Company Reports
  • Credit Reports

How can we help your business?

Using a wide range of subscription databases, we can provide information on many different industries from food and drink to oil and gas, life and chemical sciences, construction and manufacturing among others. Using these we can source competitor information and market intelligence. We utilise other database subscriptions to carry out due diligence, property searches and news searches and to supplement these, we carry out searches of a vast collection of publicly available resources which we use to provide industry, statistical and demographic information.

We also write and update the Business Gateway Market Reports on over one hundred of the most popular start-up industries. These include brief extracts of some of our subscription database reports, links to useful online resources and trade bodies, information on finding customers, suppliers and competitors and general information on starting up a business in Scotland.

Who are we?

Our team consists of eight Information Officers, each with a Scottish regional responsibility. You may see us at events organised by the local Business Gateway offices. If so, come over and say hello. You may be surprised at how much information and research we can help you with

Get in touch

But in the meantime if there is something we can help you with, feel free to get in touch using or by calling 0300 013 4753.

Want to speak with your nearest Business Gateway team?

Your local Business Gateway can offer you free 1:1 advice and online support to help you with anything to do with your business or if you are just thinking about starting up then we can support you with that too.

Fill in the form below and we will get back to you to help.

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How we use your data

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