Support for those first crucial years
Existing businesses and those thinking of a start-up have access to help at various stages of the process
BUSINESSES throughout Lanarkshire can rely on assistance from dedicated professional advisers, thanks to the work of Business Gateway. Operating from headquarters in Coatbridge, the team supports existing businesses, helping them to grow, and works with individuals interested in starting a business.
Local businesses meeting specific g rowth criteria are assigned an adviser who will support the business through their business improvement. This may include advising the company on strategy and core activities, such as digital and traditional marketing, finance raising, business planning or operational systems and processes.
Where appropriate, and where eligibility criteria are met, the Business Gateway team can help access funding and business support programmes delivered by the local authorities and Scottish Enterprise.
North and South Lanarkshire Councils can provide local discretionary grants and loans to assist with training, consultancy, capital and infrastructure improvements. Businesses trading in the rural South Lanarkshire area and independent town centre businesses in North Lanarkshire may also be eligible for support.
Financial assistance is also available to support businesses regarding recruitment through North Lanarkshire’s Working and South Lanarkshire Works 4 U.
For individuals thinking about starting a business, advisers can also help with practical advice and guidance on a range of topics, including market research, planning, financial forecasting, company formation and employing staff.
Advisers who work with new start businesses operate at various locations throughout Lanarkshire including Coatbridge, Motherwell, Hamilton and East Kilbride – simply make an appointment, if you would like to discuss your business idea.
Advisers also provide aftercare advice. One-to-one meetings are available to address specific business issues, which should help with the challenges of the first year or two and allow for potentially greater success and profitability
Once your new business is up and running Business Gateway will keep you up to date with its training directory. New business owners and their employees can access all of the Business Gateway training – covering a wide range of key skills – at no cost.
The training directory is designed to keep local businesses updated with the most recent business information and skills, these workshops and seminars are delivered by a team of specialists. In fact, many trainers are specialist practitioners in their subject area and therefore deliver training with practical actions for business owners.
Training is delivered across a wide spectrum of subjects, including marketing, social media for business, financial management, sales and online tools for business.
Throughout March business owners in Lanarkshire have the opportunity to boost business skills through a range of specialist seminars and expert surgeries.
The seminars are designed for businesses with ambition to grow and develop, and cover: Online Tools to Help Your Business, Secrets of a Successful Marketing Strategy, Pitching for Investment and Understanding Business Credit Rating.
The expert surgeries can give clients the opportunity to meet with a specialist on a one-to-one basis to discuss a particular area of their business. Initially, these surgeries are planned around Specialist Consultancy for your ICT needs, Tendering & Procurement Advice, Marketing & Digital Marketing and Legal Advice for businesses.
To see how Business Gateway can help with your business aspirations or to register for any of its business events or expert surgeries telephone 01236 702020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To keep up to date with events, advice and training, follow Business Gateway on twitter.com/bglanarkshire and like its facebook page at www.facebook.com/businessgatewaylanarkshire
CONNECTED: Business Gateway’s networking events are useful introductions to other entrepreneurs