Business support

Last updated: 7 October 2016

There's support available across Scotland for business owners or people interested in setting up a business.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway has a network of over 50 offices across Scotland and provides access to free business support services. It gives impartial advice to people starting or growing their business. It also offers:

  • fully funded local workshops and events throughout Scotland
  • expert advice to suit specific business needs through a network of over 300 experienced business advisers
  • online support with practical information, tools and useful guides on the website

Find out more on the Business Gateway website.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise

Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE) work with a range of partners and companies, both at home and overseas. They help businesses attract investment and find the right support where and when it's needed.

Expertise and opportunities

HIE and SE staff, who are based all over the world, can make important introductions or get you up-to-date market intelligence. If you want to expand globally, you can learn more about specific markets with free market research service.

Change the way your work

If you want to develop new products or services, HIE and SE can help you get your idea off the ground. The organisations' wide range of services can help you make your company more productive, efficient, lean and sustainable.

Funding and networking

HIE and SE's programme of events allow you to explore opportunities, network, conduct market research and listen to business leaders.

Find out more on the Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise websites.

Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can support businesses of all sizes to get the skills they need for the growth they want. Help is available face-to-face, online and over the phone on 0800 783 6000.

The help SDS can give to businesses includes:

  • free consultancy
  • HR support
  • access to funding to help with recruitment
  • training
  • development
  • restructuring and succession planning

More information is available for employers on the Our Skillsforce website.