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Business support tools for the founders and owners of screen businesses from the public sector, in partnership with Screen Scotland.

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We are Scotland’s creative business support – it’s as simple as that.

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Business Gateway

Business Gateway give assistance and impartial advice to people starting, running, or growing their business.

Free business support services

Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic well being of Scotland by providing access to free business support services through a combination of:

  • Online support – a comprehensive website with practical information and useful guides
  • A programme of fully funded local workshops and events held throughout Scotland
  • Advice to suit specific business needs through and network of business advisors
  • Business information – a dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business

What owners of screen businesses should remember

Business Gateway helps every single type of business. They provide business advice, and can connect you with other specialist support organisations. To get support from them you have to think like a business. Sometimes producers struggle with this! Do not go to Business Gateway thinking they will understand the ins & outs of a screen business. They are not experts in screen business but will provide an objective view and advice on how to sort issues so that you can develop your idea. Do not get frustrated if you have to explain your business to them. This will be a useful thing for you to do.

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Business Gateway do not give out funding directly! HOWEVER they have a great knowledge of available funding schemes and can help you find schemes that suit you, and guide you through eligibility criteria and application processes. They can also be a route to further specialist support from Scottish Enterprise or Highlands & Islands Enterprise. They can provide introductions, and help you find and apply for specific support scheme. They can also help you find funding products from the Enterprise Agencies which could bring investment into your business. ALTHOUGH these funding sources often have to be matched by you.

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