How We Can Help

Business Glasgow offers a range of support to businesses across the life-cycle from pre-start pre-revenue through to mature companies that are contributing to the economic wealth of the city. We recognise the challenges faced and will continue to develop a range of support to assist businesses in Glasgow.

Glasgow Business Growth Programme

For Glasgow City Council’s new Glasgow Business Growth Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Scotland’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programmes and will be delivered by the Business Growth team within Economic Development.

The aim of the programme is to create a truly connected and collaborative network of specialist support and expertise by bringing together the public, private, education and third sectors to develop and deliver an unrivalled level of support in the UK, one that has the sole objective of growing the city economy in a fair and inclusive way.

There is also a range of Business Accelerator Programmes that combine traditional teaching methodologies with guidance and mentorship, meaning businesses can grow at an accelerated rate.

Find out more about the Glasgow Business Growth Programme

Coronavirus Business Support

For a comprehensive overview of the support available to businesses during Covid-19 please visit the Glasgow City Council Business pages here

Starting a business

Starting a business can be a challenge. Whether it’s writing a business plan, understanding and accessing finance or establishing how to market and sell products or services, our advice and support can help. Through dedicated workshops and the Business Gateway service, our Business Advisers can help.

Read our case study on Legacy, a start-up business from Glasgow who with the support of Business Adviser Mark Houston, are on the road to success.

Find out more about how we can support you to start a business - starting a business.

Growing a business

Having started your business and invested the time, energy and commitment, you may be at the stage of looking to grow your business. Identifying the right premises, penetrating new markets, accessing public sector opportunities, ensuring your company has the right structure and recruiting staff are only some of the challenges you may face. Our skilled Business Advisers can work with you to develop your strategic plan and realise your business aspirations.

Read our case study on MacGregor and MacDuff, a successful growing Scottish Highland Wear Specialists business based in Glasgow.

Find out more about how we can support you to grow your business - growing a business.

Financing a business

Access to finance is a critical part of running any business. Whether through mainstream or alternative financing routes, our Business Advisers can offer guidance and information on a range of options available to help your business grow and develop across its life-cycle.

Read our case study on Safehinge, an award winning product design company who with the help of Business Adviser Irene Holding have secured financial support to grow their business.

Contact us today to see how we can help you source finance for your business.

Funding for premises

New and expanding businesses currently operating in, or considering relocating to, four areas of Glasgow (Calton, Canal, East Centre and North East) can access funding through the Community Business Boost.

The Community Business Boost will support new and expanding local businesses by offering part-funding of premises costs over two years - 50% of annual rental costs, up to a maximum of £15,000 over the period - as well as other support and advice.

Read more here - Community Business Boost

Recruiting for a business

Recruiting and retaining staff to help your business grow and develop can often be a challenge. Our Business Advisors will work with you to help you recruit your next employee using the Glasgow Guarantee programme – a highly regarded local employability programme which supports Glaswegians into work and assists you by paying part of their salary. This commitment can help lay the foundations for expanding and growing your business.

To learn more about the Glasgow Guarantee programme and to hear other businesses’ stories on their experiences visit

Transferring a business

Having grown and nurtured your business, one of the most difficult stages is to consider moving on and letting someone else take over. Succession planning and valuation is an important dimension of business and our Business Advisers can offer support and advice to ensure the transition is planned and considered. They can also help entrepreneurs looking to acquire a business and ensure sustainable economic growth in Glasgow.

See a recent case study of Glasgow business Reid Brothers who successfully received the Glasgow Business Transfer Loan Fund.

Read more about the support we offer - transferring a business.

Glasgow’s European Entrepreneurial Region Award 2016

The European Commission recognises and rewards EU regions which show an outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy, irrespective of their size, wealth and competence. Regions with the most credible, forward-thinking and promising vision plans are granted the label. Glasgow is only the second city in Europe to be awarded this status for 2016. The Programme Directorate sits within the Committee of Regions, the voice of regions and cities across the EU. Read more.

In-work progression in the care sector

A new two-year pilot, part of the £1.13billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, will provide specialist business support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the city's care sector.

The aim of the pilot is to:

  • Support Glasgow care sector businesses with fewer than 250 employees to become more resilient, and ensure staff have the skills businesses require to be competitive;
  • Utilise those skills in a way that drives productivity and growth;
  • Position this specific sector as a viable and progressive career choice; and
  • Evaluate the impact of interventions on business growth and resilience.

Through a dedicated Business Advisor, businesses can access advice and a range of interventions which will facilitate the development and growth of the business. Read more.

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Contact us today to see how we can help.