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Don’t just take our word for it. Hear from the businesses we’ve supported across Scotland.

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Scottish plumbing supplier on track for £7 million turnover

A Scottish heating, plumbing and bathroom supplier with branches located in Loanhead, Falkirk, Rosyth and Macmerry is now one of Scotland’s largest suppliers of plumbing, heating and bathroom products.

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Aberdeenshire man built seven-figure business from his spare cupboard

Building a fitness business while recovering from a heart problem may not be what the doctor ordered, but that’s exactly how Ben Leonard, with the support of Business Gateway, created Beast Gear.

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Brand-new Stornoway gym opens

A brand-new gym has opened in Stornoway after the business owner received expert guidance and support from Business Gateway.

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Stirling social enterprise bounces from strength to strength

A Scottish social enterprise that supports children and adults with disabilities has successfully scaled up its operations after its founder accessed support and signposting to over £10,000 of funding from Business Gateway.

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Sustainable Scottish business that manufactures reusable sanitary products expands offering

A sustainable Scottish business has successfully expanded its product offering after the business owner accessed expert guidance and signposting to grant funding from Business Gateway.

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Scottish first aid and mental health training provider increases monthly sales by 65%

An Aberdeen-based first aid and mental health training business has successfully entered new markets and increased its monthly sales by 65% after receiving advice and guidance from Business Gateway.

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.

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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.

North Uist Distillery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.