Business Support

Glasgow Business Growth Programme

Following the ongoing developments of the recent COVID-19 situation and the lock down announced on the evening of Monday 23rd March 2020, we have made the decision to temporarily pause access to the Inclusive Growth Diagnostic to ensure our resources can be prioritised to assist businesses who desperately need access to support as a matter of urgency.

We will update this page as soon as the programme goes live again. For any enquiries please contact:

About the programme

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.

SMEs will have access to a range of specialist support from Business Structuring to Digital Development through a tiered Business Voucher programme that supports businesses based on their commitment to inclusive economic growth. This will enable eligible SMEs access to a framework of suppliers in a way that best suits their growth aspirations.


To be eligible for support, you should be:

  • A community interest company, limited company, limited liability partnership, public limited company, sole trader or legally constituted third sector organisation      
  • Employ less than 250 employees
  • Operate from within Glasgow City Council boundary and, if in business premises, must be registered with the Non Domestic Rates office within the Council
  • Must not be engaged in any activities such as gambling or other industries that could be deemed unethical

Businesses previously supported in Phase 1 of the ERDF Programme are not eligible to apply for Phase 2.

The programme cannot support projects that have already started. Any outstanding debts to Glasgow City Council will be taken into consideration.

Support Available

There are ten lot's of support available, you can find out more information about each of these by clicking the links below.

This support is jointly funded by Glasgow City Council and the European Regional Development Fund through Scotland’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programmes.