Business Gateway





Business Gateway is Scotland’s national business advice service, offering free advice and support to anyone starting a new business, as well as to thousands of existing businesses with the ambition and potential to grow.

The free and comprehensive service offers one-to-one advice and support for every stage of the business journey and to every SME in Scotland. Business Gateway’s network of local offices spans the length and breadth of the country, recognising the many and varied geographical challenges they all face and providing resources and knowledge to respond to that demand.

Business Gateway’s service includes local and national webinars, support from business advisers, extensive online resources, podcasts and expert support on topics including business planning & restructuring, marketing, HR, bookkeeping and sales. Additionally, Business Gateway works closely with national and regional economic development organisations, including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International, to provide growing businesses with specialist support and financial assistance.

Business Gateway is delivered by local authorities throughout Scotland.

Where next?

Business Gateway delivers business support where and when you need it most.

Coronavirus support – We offer free support to help your business through coronavirus including online guides across a variety of subjects – from switching to online platforms to flexible working.
Find out more here: Coronavirus Business Support Across Scotland | Business Gateway (

Webinars and Events: Our free webinars and video tutorials tackle critical topics from starting a business in challenging times, to marketing on a budget. You can view upcoming webinars here:
Webinars | Business Gateway (

Digital Skills & Support – Rebuild, adapt your business and upskill with our free DigitalBoost programme.
Find out more here: DigitalBoost | Business Gateway (

Read our case studies to discover the ways we’ve helped Scottish businesses get started and grow: 
Case Studies | Business Gateway (

Business Gateway Quote
Commenting on High Growth Busines of the Year Primal Strength’s win, Hugh Lightbody says:
"Primal Strength has demonstrated impressive business growth over the last four years, which is a testament to the underlying strength and quality of their innovative idea, strategy, product and brand. These key elements have helped drive the business forward, and the team has built on this by reinvesting their success in new premises and employees. We are confident they will only continue to expand and improve over the coming months and years, despite the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic."
Hugh Lightbody, Chief Officer, Business Gateway National Unit