Free Business Gateway workshops provide new skills for businesses

Scotland’s entrepreneurial spirit is booming in the face of economic and political challenges, with over 365,500 private sector businesses currently operating in the country – the highest level since 2000 – 99.3% of which are SMEs.

As Scotland’s national business advice service, Business Gateway helps thousands of customers to meet their business goals every year. From July to September 2019, Business Gateway provided crucial support that helped 7,990 SMEs to scale up their growing operations and over 2,350 new businesses successfully start up, with over half of these new start-ups being female led.

Business Gateway’s network of 53 offices, managed and delivered by Local Authorities as part of their wider business support, play a crucial role in driving growth, skills, regeneration and employment across Scotland.

Alison Davidson from Business Gateway Clackmannanshire commented: “Our advisers provide valuable support for businesses of all sizes, including one-to-one support sessions, extensive online resources and expert support on topics including innovation, exporting, finance and new markets.

“We work in close collaboration with wide variety of partners, including Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International and Business Loans Scotland, to help identify growth opportunities and provide the best advice and support to local businesses.

“Central to helping our customers succeed is our ability to listen to what businesses need, find the pieces they are missing, deliver the right support and make the right connections.”

Business Gateway local offices also provide a comprehensive programme of free events and workshops about every aspect of starting, managing and growing a business.

Upcoming events at Business Gateway Clackmannanshire include:

  • Business Start-up: Awareness Seminar, March 2nd
  • Business Start-Up: Business Planning, March 4th
  • Business Start-up: Finance, March 4th
  • Business Start-Up: Marketing, March 5th
  • Business Start-Up: IT, March 5th
  • Business Expenses – What Can I Claim, March 5th
  • LinkedIn for Business (Intermediate) #DigitalBoost, March 6th
  • Bookkeeping, March 10th
  • Developing a Customer Care culture, April 22nd
  • Time Management, May 13th
  • Trading Online, May 26th

To find out how Business Gateway can help you business call 01259 726430 or visit