East Lothian Council’s Business Gateway and the Business Innovation Zone at Queen Margaret University, together provide easily accessible information for entrepreneurial students and graduates considering starting up their own businesses, as well as offering advice for new start-ups and established local businesses.
What is the Business Gateway?
The Business Gateway is a Scotland-wide service, provided by a partnership of Scottish Local Authorities, Enterprise Agencies and the Scottish Government, which offers free and impartial advice and support to small business start-ups. QMU is the first Scottish university to host a Business Gateway office. The office is managed by East Lothian Council.
This innovative partnership exemplifies QMU’s commitment to supporting the development of small and medium-sized enterprises and to assisting entrepreneurial students and graduates considering setting up their own businesses.
Who can use the service?
The service is a one-stop-shop open to any individual or small business including QMU’s students and graduates.
The Business Gateway offers one-to-one advice and free workshops and seminars. It is staffed 3 days a week on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition a representative from Youth Business Scotland, part of the Prince’s Trust, is available to give advice on a Monday.
Where is the Business Gateway situated?
The Business Gateway Service is situated on campus within the Business Innovation Zone, overlooking the 1875 restaurant on level 1.
The Business Innovation Zone incorporates our business incubation space, accommodation and facilities available to QMU graduates who are setting up their own business.
Who do I contact for more information?
- If you would like help visit the Business Gateway website or call their central helpline on 0845 609 6611.
- More information on Youth Business Scotland is available on the Prince's Trust website.
- If you are a student, your programme leader may also be a good source of advice on setting up your own business.
- Contact the Business Development Executive, Miriam Smith for details of the business incubation space within the Business Innovation Zone.