Running a business can be tricky at times, but there are plenty of resources out there to offer help and support. We’ve rounded up a few of the best resources for East Lothian businesses so you can make sure you’re getting all the support you need.
Business Gateway is a Scotland-wide service, and East Lothian has its very own local chapter to help businesses in the area. They have an office at Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh, as well as one in Haddington and an outreach centre in Dunbar.
They offer a wide range of support, no matter what stage your business is at. From helping you write a business plan to advising you on funding options, Business Gateway is a great place to go for business advice.
Their DigitalBoost workshops are fantastic if you’re looking to learn more digital skills to help your business thrive – something that’s really important in this day and age! Also look out for a range of other events, workshops and networking sessions in East Lothian.
Find out more:bgateway.com/local-offices/east-lothian/local-support
East Lothian Council
East Lothian Council also provide a range of business advice and services for companies in the local area. They provide support for both new and existing businesses, covering everything from VAT and tax to business planning, marketing and health and safety.
They also send out a useful monthly newsletter with the latest news on business developments in the East Lothian and up-to-date information on current issues and legislation facing local businesses.
Find out more: eastlothian.gov.uk/info/210563/business
East Lothian Investments
East Lothian Investments is a non-profit organisation which offers interest-free loans of up to £10,000 to businesses within East Lothian. The purpose of ELI is to develop, grow and modernise the economy of East Lothian and create employment opportunities. The loan fund is open to all sectors and businesses to apply.
To date, ELI has awarded in excess of £2.6m in loans to 310 businesses, which has created 687 jobs in East Lothian.
Find out more:eastlothianinvestments.com
And of course, there’s Eskmills too! If you’re looking for an office space for your business, we’re here to help you find the perfect location. As well as providing a wide range of services and support at Eskmills, we also host regular events and networking sessions so you can learn new skills and connect with the right people to give your business a boost.
Find out more: eskmills.com