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

Peedie Ponies

Business Gateway ensures neigh problems for Orkney equestrian centre 

Business Gateway support helped business access a New Business Start-up Grant and purchase vital equipment to help launch their business.

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Mountain bike business makes tracks

A mountain bike business has achieved a 50% surge in bookings compared to last year by employing skills developed through DigitalBoost, Business Gateway’s national digital upskilling programme. 

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Tearoom launched for local residents in Angus

A local tearoom, bar and shop has opened in the Angus village of Inverkeilor after the business owner received support and advice from Business Gateway.

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Confectionery wholesaler’s offering sweetened with revamped online platforms

A specialist wholesale company has overhauled its digital offering and enhanced its online presence by over 275%, after receiving support from Business Gateway and DigitalBoost, Scotland’s national digital upskilling programme.

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Northton deli and bakery expands operations

Business Gateway support has helped a deli and bakery business access vital funding for a pivotal building purchase and expansion project, after the new owners took over in 2019.

Glansin Glass

Artists’ glass is full as bespoke studio and visitor centre opens to high demand

Following an extensive package of support from Business Gateway, including help securing over £100,000 in funding, a glass artist has hosted her first workshops in a bespoke studio and visitor centre.

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.

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.

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Tips for starting a business in 2021

Starting a business is always a challenge, and this is particularly true now, given the difficult market conditions that have resulted from COVID-19 and Brexit. For those considering this, we outline some key considerations and tips to help you on your new journey.

Legasea Facility

Expansion still on the cards for North East subsea specialist business

Legasea, a Business Gateway client, is looking at options for expansion now that the UK has left the EU.