Planning to Start Tool

If you are planning to start a business in Scotland, use this free tool to get signposted to the resources that will help you most plus it will link you in with your nearest Business Gateway office who can then create a tailored action plan to help you.


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Planning a business can feel like a daunting task at any time, but even more so now. But support is available online and across Scotland to help make it easier.

Our Planning to Start tool aims to take you through the practical steps to starting up a new business and helps identify the type of support you may need.

In under 10 mins you will answer some simple questions around your business idea and plans. After that we will signpost you to relevant sources of support and guidance. Your nearest local Business Gateway office will then be in touch within 3 working days to discuss it further and look at if a tailored action plan can help you.

Through Business Gateway you can access the following free services:

  • Useful business plan template and guides
  • 1:1 Adviser Support
  • Webinars to up-skill and gain knowledge and insight
  • A digital skills healthcheck
  • Online support in a wide range of topics include business planning, marketing and sales.

Let's get you started on your business journey.

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