Clacks Business Week – Get a boost from Business Gateway

At Business Gateway Clackmannanshire our team of advisers understand that turning an initial idea into a thriving business isn’t always easy and that growing an established enterprise can be tricky.

That’s why we offer a range of fully funded advice that will help you thrive.

For those looking to increase their general business knowledge, our jam-packed programme of free workshops on topics such as business planning, social media, and marketing, offer new and experienced entrepreneurs a chance learn new ways of doing business whilst also building their contacts book.

While our online resource, at, provides access to information at a touch of a button 24/7.

For those in need of one-to-one advice, we’ll pair you with one of our local team of business advisers who can provide you with tailored support on all aspects of starting and growing your enterprise.

Five years ago, Anne-Marie Macklin turned to Business Gateway Clackmannanshire for advice on how to start her optical dispensary, Smart Specs, in Alloa High Street. Initially looking for general advice, she’s continued to turn to her adviser for support as her business has grown.


She said: “When I’d decided to launch Smart Specs I went to Business Gateway with my idea. I knew the optical side of things and what business model would work, but I needed help with the day-to-day running of the business – from HMRC, contracts and marketing to premises and funding.


“I run a small business in a small town and you can sometimes become blinkered. Even now, touching base with my adviser helps me take a step back and makes me look at the bigger picture of where I am, where I want to be and how I can get there. Their reassurance always gives me added confidence that I’m on the right track.”


Business Gateway Clackmannanshire are delighted to be running 6 FREE workshops during Clacks Business Week, November 21-25

For further information or to find out how Business Gateway Clackmannanshire can help your business call 01259 208426 or visit