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Ceteris delivers the Business Gateway contract in Clackmannanshire offering businesses practical help and guidance. Business Gateway contributes to Scotland’s economic wellbeing by supporting new and developing businesses across Clackmannanshire. In addition, Ceteris and Business Gateway Clackmannanshire work together to promote the development of new business and improve the local economy.  In addition to all the facilities and services offered, you can access the support and resources available to entrepreneurs, start-ups and growing businesses through Business Gateway Clackmannanshire.

We take nothing more seriously than supporting the development of your business and the people who make it.
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Thinking about starting a business? There are many ways Business Gateway Clackmannanshire can help, even if starting up still seems a way off.

Our website is a great place to begin. We offer market reports as well as handy online guides, plus a business plan template to download when you’re ready.

Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support. We’ll also recommend free workshops to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right.

A business adviser will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support services.

With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.

Maintaining a business or moving up a gear? It can often be more daunting than starting up. That’s why our support continues and grows with your business – and you don’t have to have been working with us since day one. We’ll pick up where you are now.

We also know that your time is in short supply, so if you can’t get to your local office for 1:1 advice, we’ll come to you. Together, you and your business adviser can tailor a strategic action plan for your ambitions. Need targeted advice on HR, restructuring, innovation, exporting or digital marketing? Your adviser can help with that too. And if you need more specialist input, we can connect you with other sources of support.

Learn new skills, create opportunities and gain confidence with our resources and support tools:

  • Events – 3,500 events each year across Scotland, with workshops on topics from bookkeeping to social media.
  • Information Service – get comprehensive business intelligence and market research.
  • Reports – browse over 100 market reports online or request a free report if your sector isn’t covered.
  • Guides – our handy guides explain digital marketing strategy, HR, intellectual property and more.

Business Gateway Funded Expert Help in Clackmannanshire

Does your business have potential to grow, and do you need expert help to get you there?

We can discuss your need and assess what support best serves your need.

Our funded 1-2-1 support, provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), can provide a specialist to work with you for up to a maximum of 3 days.

Specialists can support your business growth needs, and below are some of the areas we have offered in the past (but not limited to):

• HR Projects
• Marketing
• Branding
• Photography and Video
• Finance
• Business Strategy
• Legal/Regulatory
• Training

Criteria to access the expert help:

• Trading for over 6 months
• Have growth potential
• Clear outline of the support required

**Priority is given to businesses that have not had ERDF funding previously**

Are you looking to diversify your business, need help launching a new product, want to sell online, or simply looking to grow?

Whatever aspect of your business you are looking to develop Business Gateway Clackmannanshire can help.

Growth Pipeline Service

Growth pipeline is the term given to the support businesses can receive from Business Gateway if they have the aspiration and ability to grow. Our Business Growth Advisers support and assist your company through the Growth Pipeline Program.

Access to the Growth Pipeline Program is discretionary and offers up to 18 months of support. Companies will be introduced to the program on the basis that they may possess some or all of the attributes that make them a good fit for the support available.

Companies need to support a Growth Pipeline application with an initial business plan, cash flow projections, and marketing analysis for assessment.

Business Growth Workshops

We can help you grow your business with engaging workshops. Whether you need help attracting customers online, offline or need help with your bookkeeping, find out what support and tools are available to you by answering a few simple questions with our Planning to Start tool.

Then get in contact with your local office to take your business idea forward.

Business Gateway DigitalBoost

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

  • Free local workshops
  • 1:1 expert adviser support
  • Online digital performance tools and tutorials
  • Health Check of digital strengths and opportunity

Our DigitalBoost guide has been downloaded 20,000 times and the more than 1,200 workshops run so far have attracted more than 14,000 business people.

Take five minutes now to fill in our form and discover how to give your business a real boost.

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) Scheme

The NEA is part of the wider self-employment support on offer and is aimed at jobseekers who are interested in self-employment. Key features of the scheme are:

  • A mentor to provide support in preparing a business plan and in early months of trading
  • Optional access to a loan of up to £1,000 to help with start-up costs
  • A weekly allowance for up to 26 weeks’ worth up to £1,275

Visit your local Job centre or go to the Department of Work and Pensions website for more information about the scheme.

Supplier Development Programme (SDP)

SDP is a public sector partnership which delivers a variety of free tender training via classroom style workshops (in conjunction with local authorities across Scotland), as well as digitally via webinar and 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.

The Business Gateway’s The HEAT 20 competition is the ideal Dragons’ Den style contest for any business under a year old (as at March 2021), or for those with a flaming hot new idea they are looking to turn into a business.

Enter now

Enquire now 01259 726430