Start your business

Support to start and grow your business

Business Gateway

Business Gateway help support businesses to start up and grow. Their services include:

  • Online support through their website with practical information and useful guides
  • Fully funded local workshops and events held throughout Scotland
  • Advice to suit specific business needs through a network of experienced business advisers
  • A dedicated team providing information and support on all aspects of starting and growing a business.

If you've not dealt with HIE before, your first point of contact for expert help is through the Business Gateway service. 

You can call the national Business Gateway enquiry service on 0845 609 6611.

Visit Business Gateway's website >

Support for employee-owned businesses

New and growing co-operative businesses can receive tailored support from Co-operative Development Scotland, operated by Scottish Enterprise. Visit Scottish Enterprise's website for advice, grants and events for co-operatives and employee owned businesses.

VFind out more about support for employee-owned businesses > 

Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone

If you are running a social enterprise or if you are thinking of setting one up, then HISEZ can help. Highlands and Islands Social Enterprise Zone (HISEZ) can tell you about the benefits of setting up as a social enterprise, how to develop your business and how you might access funding.

Visit the HISEZ website for more information > 

Growing your social enterprise

In addition to HISEZ's support, HIE is working with over 150 social enterprises across the region through an account management support. These groups deliver a diverse range of services and products but have the shared ambition to significantly grow their activities. Examples range from development trusts for island communities like Gigha, Jura, Orkney and Shetland to businesses delivering lifeline services like Homeaid in Caithness.

Contact your local HIE area team for more information >  



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