Business gateway service

"Our aim is to provide practical help, advice and support for new start and growing businesses in Argyll."

Want to know more about the Business Gateway Service?  Here you can find out who we are, what we do, view some frequently asked questions, find out about local courses and events, find out what's new, visit the Business Gateway pages to access information, and find out how to contact us. Visit more business related websites. Our Business Toolkit offers resources for start-up and existing businesses such as guides for writing a business plan and cashflow forecasting.

Who we are

We are part of Argyll and Bute Council's Development and Infrastructure team, and were established in June 2009 in response to the Government's decision to transfer responsibility for the provision of local business support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to the Local Authority.

Business advice is provided via the Business Gateway website, the National Enquiry Service and by our local team of Business Advisors. Our local Business Advisors are experienced business mentors and have all spent time in the commercial world, either in management positions or running their own business, so can relate to the needs of your business. Why not get in touch today to find out how we can help your business?

You can Meet the Team and find out who we all are.

What we do

The Business Gateway offers free and impartial business advice to anyone wanting to start up or develop a business within Argyll. The Business Gateway website and Enquiry Service can provide you with a wealth of information tailored to your business needs, and the local office in Lochgilphead can provide one to one support from a Business Advisor and a range of locally run courses.

Whether you are looking for support with creating your first business plan, getting the most from your advertising, thinking of expanding into new markets or taking on staff, why not get in touch to see how we could help your business. Our regional Business Advisors cover the area and are happy to come and meet you locally. All you need to do is get in touch to arrange a convenient time.

What's New

Business Gateway - Argyll and Bute joins Facebook

Argyll and Bute's Business Gateway team have joined the world of social media and now have a presence on Facebook, a great way to keep up to stay in touch with the team and find out what the team has planned.

Why not visit our page and find out what we have going on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Business-Gateway-Argyll-and-Bute/391366480931351

Other websites that you might find useful

The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust -
provides financial and professional support to young people in Scotland, aged 18 to 25, so they can set up and run their own business.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise -
the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency, whose area includes Argyll and Bute

How to Contact Us

You can contact the Business Gateway team in several ways:

Contact the Business Gateway National Enquiry Service on 0845 609 6611 - who can provide initial information, guide you round the website and pass your details to a local Business Advisor to arrange an appointment.

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay; Bute and Cowal and Oban, Lorn and the Isles area:

Contact the Lochgilphead office by telephone, email or post:

Business Gateway Lochgilphead
The Enterprise Centre
Kilmory Industrial Estate
Lochgilphead
PA31 8SH

Tel: 01546 605459

business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Helensburgh and Lomond area

The Business Gateway service for the Helensburgh and Lomond area is provided from the Helensburgh office. This office is operated on a part time basis so to arrange an appointment please call 01546 605459 or email business.gateway@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Business Gateway in Helensburgh
1 East Princes Street
Helensburgh
G84 7QG

Tel: 01436 653001