Business Support

Glasgow Business Growth Programme

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.

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.


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

The following sectors are unlikely to be eligible for support:

  • Retail, leisure and the service sector - such as restaurants, shops and hotels
  • Sale of Motor Vehicles – Car showrooms and sales forecourt
  • Real Estate / Speculative Property Development – Estate Agent, Letting Agent
  • Professional Services – Solicitor, Accountant, Consultant, Doctors and Dentists
  • Social and Personal Services - sanitation, recreational, artistic, cultural and sporting activities, close contact services
  • Locally traded services - these are businesses whose trade is limited to a local area, and whose direct competitors are other local businesses

If you’re unsure whether or not your business would be eligible, you can get in touch:

Call 0141 319 4697 or email Business Growth.

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.

How to apply

Lots 1-9: To access support from the programme please complete the inclusive growth business diagnostic here:

For Lot 10: please visit the Lot 10 page here to find out more about the individual Accelerator programmes, including deadlines and criteria for each Accelerator. 

Please ensure you have up to date financial statements for the past 3 years before you complete an application to access ERDF support as these will be required. Failure to provide these may result in a delay in the  progress of your application.

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.