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Shetland’s first whisky distillery is set to open in 2024

Shetland is due to get its first ever whisky distillery in 2024 which will become Scotland's the most northerly distillery.

1st May 2024

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Isle of Lewis photographer launches his own business

A self-taught photographer has launched his own business after accessing guidance and signposting to funding from Business Gateway.

9th April 2024

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Orkney business sees increase in sales after appearing on James Martin’s Saturday Morning

An Orkney family business has enjoyed a dramatic increase in sales and social media followers, after one of its products appeared on James Martin’s Saturday Morning, which showcases recipes and products to a range of celebrity guests.

9th April 2024

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Business is blooming for the UK’s only fully electric-powered gardening business

The UK’s only fully electric-powered gardening business has been able to make new hires and grow its business operations after accessing support from Business Gateway.

9th April 2024

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Comhairle funding helps young fisherman land new boat

A young fisherman from Lewis has successfully started his own fishing business after accessing support and expert guidance from Business Gateway.

14th March 2024

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Scottish early years professional launches play and learn sessions

An Inverclyde family support worker has launched a range of play and learn sessions to encourage children’s positive early experiences after she accessed expert support from Business Gateway.

14th March 2024

Inspiring stories

Learn from the experiences of business owners, leaders and our very own business advisers. Discover how they made it in business and the lessons they would pass on.

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PG Paper wraps up COP26

COP26 provided world leaders with a unique opportunity to discuss the climate crisis at a crucial time, but how can businesses adapt to help meet vital targets? For business owners, the story of Scottish firm PG Paper offers valuable insights that can be applied to their own journey.

14th March 2022

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Isle of Cumbrae distillery’s start-up spirit

Business Gateway’s start-up service has been crucial for Isle of Cumbrae distillery, as it brings its product to market.

14th March 2022

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North Uist Distillery reflects on Brexit changes

Learning from past experiences and accessing Business Gateway’s online resources has been crucial to help North Uist Distillery understand the changes caused by leaving the EU.

11th February 2021

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Making the most of marketing in your business strategy

Iain Muir, one of our advisers, outlines some reasons why you may wish to invest in your marketing strategy and points you in the direction of some resources that can help.

9th February 2021

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Why now is the time for all businesses to invest in digital

Business Gateway adviser Rene Looper shares why investing in online and digital platforms continues to be an important element that will help businesses survive the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19.

9th February 2021

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Ideas for developing a business in a challenging climate

Businesses across Scotland have faced significant challenges over the last ten months. However, while trading conditions are difficult, there are opportunities for small businesses to grow. This article outlines how this is possible with the right support and approach.

5th February 2021