Business Gateway to increase businesses growth

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Business Gateway has helped firms from space asteroid mining and artisan bacon production to the renovation of a gin distillery.

Last year the Scottish economy received a major boost after more than 53,000 customers connected with the business trainer.

As a result, Business Gateway will build on its track record with its Missing Pieces campaign aimed at increasing the number of businesses it helps to achieve their potential.

Scotland’s national business advice service helped budding entrepreneurs address a wide range of issues during 2018.

This included helping more than 3,000 small and medium enterprises to scale up and provided crucial support to more than 9,000 start ups.

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at Business Gateway, said: ‘Business Gateway has extensive online resources and offers free research services.

‘Brexit offers uncertainty and it is crucial to continue to grow Scotland’s indigenous businesses and build on their deep-rooted entrepreneurial spirit.

‘We also have strong partnerships with economic development and business support organisations.’

Key areas of support include making better use of digital technology, exploring new markets, innovation and access to finance.

Claire Fletcher, co-owner of Lussa Gin, said: ‘As we live in a remote part of Scotland, the challenge to get our gin recognised in the market was initially problematic.

‘However, with Business Gateway’s support, we attended trade fairs and training events and began an online mentoring service in social media training.

‘As our presence grew in the industry and online, we earned our own identity as the Isle of Jura’s only gin distillery.

‘With demand growing, our production also had to increase.

‘Business Gateway offered us financial support to renovate our distillery and we now produce up to 10,000 bottles of gin per year.’

Business Gateway has a network of more than 170 advisors throughout Scotland.

For more information about Business Gateway, visit www.bgateway.com

The Lussa Gin team, from left: Georgina Kitching, Alicia MacInnes and Claire Fletcher. NO_c05lussagin01