Business Education


Business Gateway

 Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic wellbeing of
Scotland by providing access to free business support services.

Business Gateway is delivered by local authorities and offer a range of professional
resources, support and tools to help businesses learn new skills, create new opportunities
and develop sustainable strategies for growth. Whatever stage your business is at and
whether you are looking to identify sources of funding, would like to network with other
businesses or need advice on tax, marketing or sales, your local Business Gateway office
should be your first stop.

They offer:

  • Online Resources, including guides on starting a business and managing different aspects of your business
  • Tailored Advice from one of more than 200 business advisors based in Business Gateway offices across Scotland
  • Workshops and Events near you
  • Business Development Programme

Scotland is fortunate to have the Business Gateway resource embedded in each council. In
the spirit of Better Regulation, Trading Standards Scotland is working with Business Gateway to ensure all advisors are trained to give consumer protection advice and provide a comprehensive one stop shop for business education and advice.

For more information, visit the Business Gateway website, email or contact their Business Enquiry Service directly on 0300 013 4753 (Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5.30pm), where a dedicated team will answer your business questions. All Business Gateway services are FREE of charge.

Find your local Business Gateway office here.


Business Companion


Business education is also available through the Business Companion website, run by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). It provides free and comprehensive guidance on trading standards and consumer protection legislation for businesses and individuals in Scotland.

CTSI is a professional membership association that represents trading standards professionals in the UK and overseas – in local authorities, the business and consumer sectors and in central government.

CTSI exists to promote and protect the success of a modern vibrant economy, and to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of citizens by enhancing the professionalism of members in support of empowering consumers, encouraging honest business and targeting rogue traders.

They also produce The Journal of Trading Standards – a magazine and website focusing on
consumer protection and trading standards.

Business Gateway links


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