LESL delivers the Business Gateway contract on behalf of North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Local Authorities. The Business Gateway contract provides business advice, information and events to individuals and businesses in their local area. Business Gateway National services are delivered by Local Authorities, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Government with the support of associated partner organisations.
Business Gateway is the portal for all inquiries into the network in Scotland, covering people who want to start their own business, and businesses seeking help to grow. Business Gateway Lanarkshire is the highest performing gateway in terms of identifying growth prospects and supporting them.
More than 1 350 businesses in Lanarkshire engage with Business Gateway every year. The nature and intensity of that engagement is based on a formal initial assessment of their ambition, and real opportunity for growth. While many of these companies need general support, advice and information, a significant proportion offer strong growth prospects and need experienced, specialist support.
The Business Gateway inquiry service for people thinking of starting up in business generates more than 2,000 inquiries each year, engaging with 2 500 new clients. There is access to awareness events and workshops on specific subjects, including business planning, tax, finance, book-keeping and marketing. One-to-one advice and support, including market appraisal, business planning, investment support and access to finance is available.
Practical information and help for Businessess can be found at www.bgateway.com