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Digital Local

We are offering up to two days of free consultancy support from our local digital experts for new start-up businesses. If you have just started or are thinking of starting our consultants will help you understand the following hpw to make the most of digital

Develop Your Ecommerce Website

Dumfries and Galloway Council and Business Gateway would like to encourage retailers to develop Ecommerce sites to make their businesses more resilient and sustain the high streets of our local towns.

This Ecommerce Support Programme (ESP) will provide each successful applicant a 12 month free subscription to Shopify, which has 4 million Ecommerce websites around the world and 2 days of bespoke 1-2-1 set-up and training support.  The applicant will also have access to online Ecommerce training via Business Gateway webinars.

Become a childminder with the help of a grant

The Scottish Childminding Association (SCMA) is leading a recruitment drive to train and support new childminders in Dumfries and Galloway where we have an urgent need for more childcare.

  • childminding is a hugely rewarding career that offers the opportunity to:
  • contribute to children’s development, learning and wellbeing
  • provide a valuable, professional childcare service for your community
  • develop new skills and qualifications
  • be your own boss, from your own home
  • earn money while working around your family’s needs

Thinking of starting a business?

Take 10 minutes to get a start-up toolkit packed with resources and advice.

We will be in touch within 5 working days to chat through your next steps.

Business Model Canvas

Sometimes a business plan can seem intimidating and unwieldy so we recommend using the business model canvas.

If you are a start-up with a real potential for growth, we are offering up to two days of consultancy to help you create a working business model canvas for your business.

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Existing and Growing Business Service

Here at Business Gateway, we not only support business start-ups, but also existing business to be resilient, sustainable and grow.

The Existing and Growing Business Service makes nominated 1-2-1 adviser support available to you to help achieve your business objectives. For some existing businesses, these may be simply to sustain activity and employment in challenging markets, while others will be forecasting growth.  

Food and Drink Mentoring

Sheena Horner, the D&G regional food group co-ordinator, working for Eat SW, will give each business up to 3 days (21 hours) of free one to one mentoring support over 12 weeks. She is passionate about food and drink and runs two food and drink businesses,  Galloway Chillies and Food from Farming.

Aires Support Grant

Dumfries and Galloway Council are offering a grant to support the launch of new Aires across the region. The grant may pay up to 50% of costs associated with creating or improving an Aires site up to a maximum of £4,000 per site. The grant can contribute to expenses such as signage, site markings, site improvements, web design, black and grey water disposal, and lighting.  Grant applications will be judged on the addition of new facilities and value for money.

Climate Resilience Fund

Dumfries and Galloway Council is offering a grant of up to £3,000 to businesses and organisations to transition to Net Zero, to become more Flood Resilient or to address Water Scarcity.

Manufacturing and engineering support (AIMS)

AIMS supports businesses to innovate, develop, prove, and introduce new products and services as well as providing vocational training courses from taster sessions at beginner level to bespoke courses aimed at businesses and individuals who want to develop their skill set.

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