The Business Gateway and Business Innovation Zone at Queen Margaret University
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 who may be considering starting up their own businesses, as well as 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. The service 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.
The Business Innovation Zone incorporates new business incubation space. This means that QMU can offer accommodation and other facilities to small business start-ups including QMU graduates who are setting up their own business.
Who do I contact for more information?
If you would like help from the Business Gateway, visit their website or call their central helpline on 0845 609 6611. If you are interested in gaining more information on Youth Business Scotland please visit their website.
If you are a student, your programme leader may also be a good source of advice on setting up your own business.
If you are interested in business incubation space within the Business Innovation Zone, contact the Business Development Executive, Miriam Smith.
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