Business Gateway boost for business start ups

Friday May 4th 2018

Business Gateway Midlothian Fairfield House

More than 200 new businesses in Midlothian have received help with their start up plans from Business Gateway over the past year – an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year.

Business Gateway Midlothian offers expert advice and support to new and existing businesses in the area. During 2017/18, the service also helped more than 30 local firms with their expansion plans.

Based at Midlothian Council’s offices in Dalkeith, Business Gateway Midlothian organises free seminars, workshops and other events, and works closely with the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for communities, Councillor Russell Imrie, welcomed the latest figures.

“The Business Gateway team have been more successful in working with new and existing Midlothian businesses over the last twelve months than at any point since the council took on this service,” said Councillor Imrie. “It’s great news that, in the current difficult economic climate, we have been able to support more people than ever who are starting out, as well as helping existing businesses with their growth plans. I would strongly encourage anyone who needs advice and support with their business plans to get in touch with our team of expert advisers.”

Phil Bowen from local business, Pigeon Penguin Web and App Development, said:

“The Business Gateway were great at helping Pigeon Penguin with advice when we were developing the new School Pigeon app and helped put us in touch with people to answer specific legal and commercial questions.

“Together with the Federation of Small Businesses they also organise the Midlothian Business Coffee Morning networking event. This has helped build a thriving and successful business community, bringing together local businesses in a comfortable environment where they can meet and mingle with other local business owners and ‘do business’. They also organise very good guest speakers.”

For a free and informal chat, contact Business Gateway Midlothian on 0131 271 3377 or email BG@midlothian.gov.uk You can also visit Business Gateway online at www.bgateway.com/midlothian

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