Specialist, free support available for businesses

While the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the strength and resilience of Scottish business owners, there is no denying the challenges people have had to overcome, even if your industry was able to remain operational during the national lockdowns.  At Business Gateway, our local advisers have seen this first-hand and worked with countless Scottish business owners to help them respond and adapt to restrictions.

In March 2020, our service adapted quickly to ensure those struggling had access to crucial support through one-to-one appointments via phone or video conference, webinars and specifically designed online resources. Our teams also worked closely with local authorities, delivering grants and signposting businesses to wider funding and networking opportunities.

Now, as Scotland looks to move forward from the pandemic, our service will continue to adapt and be there as restrictions ease.

From sectors ranging from manufacturing, construction and oil and gas, Business Gateway’s local advisers are experienced and perfectly placed to help business owners impacted by COVID-19, and virtual1:1 sessions are available for you to take advantage of.

Through our website, there is a wide range of valuable online resources and guides covering topics including HR, restructuring, working remotely and e-commerce.Additionally, our range of national webinars covers everything from how to write a business plan to marketing on a budget.  

For some, upskilling has become a necessity and if you need specialist support, our website is a great first step, where you can access a wealth of online services including over 100 tailored industry market reports.

Alternatively, for those who want to invest or explore ways to improve their business website or IT infrastructure, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Through Business Gateway’s digital upskilling programme, DigitalBoost, it couldn’t be easier. Whether your business needs a digital health check, a 1:1 session with one of our expert advisers, or you just want to access free articles, guides and video tutorials, our free package of support has something for you.

Across our network, the wealth of business success stories is truly inspiring, and after receiving support over the last year many small businesses have been able to achieve great things.  Some have successfully adapted to engage with their customers through the creation of an online service, while others have successfully launched their new product or service.  

Outlandish Brewing Company, based in Lanarkshire is one example, who, following a suite of Business Gateway start-up support during the pandemic, was successfully able to peruse their lifelong dream of opening a microbrewery. Since then, they have created a range of exciting Scottish craft beers which are now available across multiple Scottish retailers.

Ultimately, regardless of size or sector, BusinessGateway will be there to provide the advice, support and resources needed to help Scottish businesses get back on their feet and rebuild over the coming months.

For more information, please visit www.bgateway.com

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