Business Gateway service

"Our aim is to provide practical help, advice and support for new start and growing businesses in Argyll."

Want to know more about the Business Gateway Service? Here you can find out:

Who we are

We were established in June 2009 in response to the Government's decision to transfer responsibility for the provision of local business support from Highlands and Islands Enterprise to the Local Authority.

Business advice is provided via the Business Gateway website, the National Enquiry Service and by our local team of Business Advisors. Our local Business Advisors are experienced business mentors and have all spent time in the commercial world, either in management positions or running their own business, so can relate to the needs of your business. Why not get in touch today to find out how we can help your business?

You can Meet the Team and find out who we all are.

Business Gateway Local Growth Accelerator

Business Gateway may be able to provide additional support to help your business grow through the European funded Local Growth Accelerator Programme. This support can include workshops, specialist advice and funding. To find out more or to register visit our Local Growth Accelerator page

What we do

The Business Gateway offers free and impartial business advice to anyone wanting to start up or develop a business within Argyll. The Business Gateway website and Enquiry Service can provide you with a wealth of information tailored to your business needs, and the local office in Lochgilphead can provide one to one support from a Business Advisor and a range of locally run courses.

Whether you are looking for support with creating your first business plan, getting the most from your advertising, thinking of expanding into new markets or taking on staff, why not get in touch to see how we could help your business. Our regional Business Advisors cover the area and are happy to come and meet you locally. All you need to do is get in touch to arrange a convenient time.  

Other websites that you might find useful

Highlands and Islands Enterprise - the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency, whose area includes Argyll and Bute (excluding Helensburgh and Lomond)


Information Commissioners Office - Find out about your organisations obligations and how to comply, including protecting personal information and providing access to official information.

Find Business Support - directs your business to Scotland’s public sector support. It gives customers an overview of all funding and services offered by public sector organisations across Scotland. This makes it quicker and easier for businesses to find the information, advice and support they need, when they need it. Information is available for businesses of all sizes – from start-ups to established companies, from sole traders to large enterprises, from commercial businesses to social enterprises.

How to Contact Us

You can contact the Business Gateway team in several ways:

Contact the Business Gateway National Enquiry Service on 0845 609 6611 - who can provide initial information, guide you round the website and pass your details to a local Business Advisor to arrange an appointment.

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Islay; Bute and Cowal and Oban, Lorn and the Isles area:

Contact the Lochgilphead office by telephone, email or post:

Business Gateway Lochgilphead
Whitegates Road
PA31 8SY

Tel: 01546 604555

Helensburgh and Lomond area

The Business Gateway service for the Helensburgh and Lomond area is provided from the Helensburgh office. To arrange an appointment please call 01546 604555 or email

Business Gateway in Helensburgh
Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre, 38 East Clyde Street
G84 7PG

Tel: 01546 604555