New Businesses

LESL has a strong track record of delivery to high-growth start-up companies across Scotland and the north of England.

Typically we work intensively with such businesses over a 12-month period. This includes the introduction of knowledgeable advisers to assist with market assessment, business planning and strategy, product development and technology innovation, management strategy, sales channels, financial management, financial appraisal and assessing funding requirements.

We have helped more than 12,000 start-up companies in Lanarkshire alone since 2002. Our subsidiary has also helped nurture hundreds of businesses at its Hillington and Livingston centres during the last decade.

This level of activity arises from our active promotion of an inquiry service for people thinking of starting up in business. We generate more than 2 000 inquiries each year, engaging with 2 500 new clients. We run awareness events and workshops on specific subjects, including business planning, tax, finance, book-keeping and marketing.

We provide one-to-one advice and support, including market appraisal, business planning, investment support and access to finance.

LESL has a peerless record of business support provision, helping to ensure our economy continues its transformation into one that is broad-based, nurturing new businesses and supporting vital jobs.