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Business guidance and advice

We are committed to ensuring that Scotland’s businesses have the right mix of skills and tools to succeed.

By addressing their real needs, we aim to help our small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make a positive impact locally and nationally. 

General support

We fund local authorities to deliver Business Gateway (BG) which gives free business advice and support related to funding, planning, financial management, marketing, sales and growth. 

Drawing on industry expertise, the service is available to businesses at all stages. It includes:

Recruitment and training

We fund the national skills body Skills Development Scotland which operates the Our Skills Force website offering recruitment and training guidance for employers. 

This includes the free Skills for Growth diagnostic tool designed to help businesses understand their training needs in order to meet business objectives and achieve growth aspirations.

Specialist support

We fund a range of specialised support in relation to the rural economy and key sectors such as food and drink, tourism and the creative industries: