Business Gateway service

We can provide practical help, advice and support for new start and growing businesses in Argyll.

What we do

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

Our Business Toolkit offers resources for start-up and existing businesses such as guides for writing a business plan and cashflow forecasting.

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.

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

Rural Resettlement Fund

Grants to assist employers, self-employed people and businesses with some of the expenses associated with relocating businesses or taking up employment in the area. We believe this will help grow the local economy and our population. You can find out more about the fund and download applications forms at our Rural Settlement Fund page

Your business and the EU Referendum websiteYou can get reliable, relevant and up-to-date information, and submit questions on the website - a single point of contact for businesses in Scotland.

Business toolkit Frequently asked questions

Business Gateway - Argyll and Bute on Facebook

Argyll and Bute's Business Gateway team are on Facebook, a great way to keep up to stay in touch with the team and find out what the team has planned.

Why not visit our page and find out what we have going on

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
The Enterprise Centre
Kilmory Industrial Estate
PA31 8SH

Tel: 01546 604555

Meet the Business Gateway team

Helensburgh and Lomond area

The Business Gateway service for the Helensburgh and Lomond area is provided from the Helensburgh office. This office is operated on a part time basis so 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

Other websites that you might find useful

The Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust -
provides financial and professional support to young people in Scotland, aged 18 to 25, so they can set up and run their own business.

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

Supplier Development Programme

Supplier Development Programme logoApplying for public sector contracts can be a daunting task, as part of the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) Argyll and Bute Council now provides advice, support, information, training and events in all aspects of tendering.

SDP supports businesses that see great market opportunities in public sector tendering.  We can open doors and signpost your business towards a better and  rewarding relationship with the public sector.

Your business can access the full range of FREE support available by simply registering your business details now: