Business Gateway: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00644
Date received: 16 February 2018
Date responded: 12 March 2018

Information requested

  • The rate of businesses started, number still trading after 12 months of businesses started using the Business Gateway resource and the number of people who approached Business Gateway but did not start a business.

  • Details concerning the experience of the self-employment advisors of Business Gateway and Invest in Renfrewshire.

  • Details concerning minimum requirements for the advisor position at business gateway


The answer to part of your first question is that during 2015/16 Business Gateway helped 9,087 businesses to start trading and, in 2016/17 the figure was 10,629.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have the specific information you have requested. This is a formal notice under section 17(1) of FOISA that the Scottish Government does not have the information you have requested. However, you may wish to contact Business Gateway National Unit, COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH who may be able to help you.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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