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Business Gateway has local offices all over Scotland. We’ll combine your knowledge and drive to succeed with sound business advice, access to market intelligence and our extensive network of contacts.

Thinking of Starting a Business?

There are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off.

Running a Business?

Maintaining a business or moving up a gear can be more daunting than starting up, so our support continues and grows with your business.

Digital Business Skills with DigitalBoost

Setting up a website is a great start, but DigitalBoost can help you to make the most of your online presence.

Tap into our free local workshops, 1:1 expert adviser support and online tools and tutorials to help you improve your digital performance. Our DigitalBoost guide has been downloaded 20,000 times and some 1,200 workshops have together attracted more than 14,000 business people.

A DigitalBoost HealthCheck can pinpoint your digital strengths, where you could do more and how we can help. Take five minutes now to fill in our form and discover how to give your business a real boost.

Women in Business

Women into Business events are run by some local Business Gateway offices. They give you the opportunity to exchange ideas with other local business women and improve your business skills.

Local Support

Business Gateway Edinburgh offers a variety of support to new and existing businesses in Edinburgh. The support we offer is delivered on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Through Business Gateway you can access:

  • Free advice from our experienced business advisers to help you start a business or find new ways of doing business
  • Free local workshops and seminars - ranging from start-up sessions to specific skills events - covering marketing, finance and e-commerce
  • Free business information. The team offers information on all aspects of starting and growing a business. We are in partnership with other professional organisations - so you can be sure you will receive the best possible support.

For more information call 0131 516 8667 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Planning to Start

Find out what support and tools are available to you by answering a few simple questions with our Planning to Start tool. Then get contact from your local office to take your business idea forward.

Business Loans Scotland

This fund is for businesses with commercially-viable proposals who may experience difficulty in raising all the required funding from the usual commercial sources. To discuss funding requirements please visit Business Loans Scotland.

Council Services

The Council has a range of services that are useful to new start businesses. These include:

  • Environmental Health - Free advice and training on food safety, health and safety at work. Call 0131 529 3030, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the City of Edinburgh Council website.
  • Licensing - Find out if your business needs a license to trade and how to apply. Call 0131 529 4208, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Edinburgh Council website.
  • Business Rates (Non-Domestic Rates) - For information on the billing and collection of business rates call 0131 469 5746 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Edinburgh Council website.
  • Product Testing- Scientific Services provides a wide range of laboratory testing and scientific advisory services for businesses and the public. Call 0131 555 7980, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Edinburgh Council website for more details.
  • Trading Standards- Free business advice and trading on product safety standards. Call 0131 529 3030, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Edinburgh Council website.

Waste Compliance

Trade waste is any waste or recycling produced by any type of business, regardless of size. For advice on how to dispose of your business waste legally visit Edinburgh City Council or call 0131 529 3030.

Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

SDP is a public sector partnership which delivers a variety of FREE tender training, via classroom style workshops working in conjunction with Local Authorities across Scotland, digitally via webinar and also provides a range of online resources connecting businesses with the Scottish public sector. Registration for SDP events is free for Scottish SMEs, and will connect your business with your local authority’s SDP Rep who can offer your business additional support.