Workshop programme will help businesses shine this summer

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With a wealth of specialist information at its fingertips Business Gateway is ideally placed to help businesses across Scotland grow and prosper.

“Every year we help thousands of businesses to take the next step on the growth ladder,” said Hugh Lightbody, Chief Officer for Business Gateway.

From exporting, helping to source finance, marketing and customer care to HR, new product development and planning for growth, Business Gateway offers a programme of online advice, free workshops and, if appropriate, one to one support, that can help business owners make the right decisions.

Business Gateway’s workshop programme is run by experienced advisers at a number of convenient locations across the country.

Over the summer months the programme will continue to offer business owners the opportunity to brush up their skills with topics including marketing, website design, social media, online trading and managing people, to name a few.

To find out what’s on in your area and book a space at one of the workshops just log on to or give the team a call on 0845 609 611.

One business that has taken full advantage of Business Gateway’s support network, including the workshop programme, is Kilnford Farm Shop and Restaurant in Dumfries.

When managers were looking to launch an ecommerce website to sell the Dumfries farm’s award winning products, they looked to Business Gateway to help them get the project moving.

“Our farm shop and restaurant are hugely popular so it was a natural progression to take our products to a wider group of customers through the website,” said marketing manager, Talisa Irving.

“Business Gateway really helped us out.  They run a series of excellent free workshops and I found the Improve Your Search Engine Ranking course particularly useful.  We have continued to work with our adviser and now that the site is up and running she is helping with our marketing and promotional strategy.”

In addition to the workshops and one-to-one support Business Gateway can also point businesses to a wealth of free advice on industry specific information, including up to date reports on international markets, commercial property and a host of other subjects, and a series of guides and videos on the Business Gateway website.

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