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

The Herald Business - - Lanarkshire Business Week -

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 ad­vice@lesl.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

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