Business Gateway launches drive to increase business growth across Scotland

Friday January 11th, 2019

As a result, Business Gateway is set to build on its track record with the launch of a new Missing Pieces campaign aimed at further increasing the number of businesses it helps to achieve their potential and contribute to the growth of the Scottish economy.Young speaker at a meeting

Scotland’s national business advice service helped budding entrepreneurs address a wide range of issues during 2018. This included performing a key role in helping more than 3,000 SMEs to scale up their growing businesses as well as provide crucial support that has seen over 9,000 new businesses successfully start up.

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at Business Gateway, said:

“By connecting with us, businesses have the opportunity to develop in all areas – whether that is establishing themselves in the market or sustainably scaling-up. In addition to having access to someone offering impartial advice, Business Gateway has extensive online resources and offers free research services.

“At a time when ‘Brexit’ offers uncertainty, it’s crucial to continue to grow Scotland’s indigenous businesses and build on their deep-rooted entrepreneurial spirit. We want to drive growth forward through our Missing Pieces campaign and demonstrate how Business Gateway can support ambitious enterprises by pinpointing vital business functions which contribute towards unlocking their full potential.

“As part of a wider national and local business support network, we also have strong partnerships with a variety of economic development and business support organisations that our clients can benefit from.”

Central to helping businesses succeed has been Business Gateway’s ability to listen to what businesses need, find the pieces they are missing, deliver the right support and make the right connections. Key areas of support include making better use of digital technology, exploring new markets, innovation and access to finance.

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