If you are thinking about starting a business, you are not alone! As you will see from the statistics below, small businesses make up a major part of the economy.
A suprisingly large number of all businesses are what are described as SMEs (small to medium sized businesses) or individuals trading by themselves.
Starting a business is easy!
Keeping it going profitably it an entirely different matter.
The real challenges come when you have to find customers who want to buy your product or service at a price that makes it worth your while, keep them buying or finding more, and at the same time keeping on top of the administration whilst complying with the various laws and regulations.
We have designed this site to make sure that you know what to expect.
Before you start trading you need to choose the right legal status for your business. You do have a number of choices and they will depend on your circumstances and the service that you plan to offer. It is important to tackle this as soon as possible as it could affect your legal staus, the tax that you have to pay and your exposure to personal liability.
When you start a business it is too easy to concentrate on all the various immediate tasks and delay thinking about tax sometime later. This is a common trap and will make the task so much harder when you do finally get around to it. Planning in advance so you know that you are aware of how much you will have to pay and when, will ensure that you have enough money put aside and the correct records in place to show how you arrived at the final figure.
“You don’t know what you don’t know”. There are so many different aspects to running a business, you are unlikely to be an expert in all of them nor can a few hours of Internet research possibly give you all the answers. We strongly advise you to seek the advice and guidance of someone who can differentiate between what is important and what is not. This could be a business support organisation, business advisor, or mentor. In each case, they will have the benefit of having worked with many other people who have trodden this path before. This means that they can show you what has proven to work in the past and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.
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Glasgow is the powerhouse of the Scottish economy – the cultural, sporting and academic heart of Scotland and one of Europe’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities.
The city has everything your business needs to succeed:
a competitive advantage with multi-sectoral expertise
a robust pipeline of talent
world-class, cost-effective office space
mature investment proposition for corporate and global real estate
excellent infrastructure and digital connectivity
strong links throughout the UK and Europe
Glasgow has one of the largest city economies in the UK and is firmly established as a world-class business destination. Scotland’s largest city and only metropolitan region, it generated £42.9 billion GVA in 2018.
Noted for business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, and connectivity, Glasgow was named top large European city for FDI Strategy (fDi Intelligence 2020/21).
Invest Glasgow is Glasgow City Council’s inward investment team. Invest Glasgow offers comprehensive business support and guidance, providing one point of contact to all businesses, property investors and developers seeking to invest.
Development & Regeneration Services
Glasgow City Council
231 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RX
A natural home for media, technology and creatively-minded businesses, Creative Clyde is a flourishing and vibrant riverside community where great ideas and creative energy flows.
In 2007, the Scottish Government identified a number of key sectors which offer high-growth potential and the capacity to create economic impact for Scotland.
The creative industries is one of these key sectors and the Government placed an emphasis on the digital content and technologies currently coming out of Scotland.
To that end, there is a plethora of supportive organisations which provide funding, general business advice and support to businesses working in the creative industries.
Find out about funding and general business support available to your business.
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.
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.
Business Glasgow, 231 George Street, Glasgow. G1 1RX.
Business Gateway is based in Exchange House, close to George Square in the city centre. We're here to provide advice and support to people who want to start a business in Glasgow - and to help existing businesses grow and be more successful.
There are many ways we can help you, even if starting up still seems a way off.
Our website is a great place to begin: we offer a business plan guide to download when you’re ready, market reports as well as handy online guides and articles, video tutorials and podcasts. Take part in our webinars to hone your start-up skills – from how to handle the legal requirements to getting your market research right.
Plus use our Planning to Start tool to guide you through the essential steps of starting up. It takes just 10 minutes to complete and then we can then use the details you give us to create your action plan, complete with links to relevant information and support.
We’ll also recommend free webinars to help you hone your skills and may refer you to relevant support from our partners.
A business adviser from your local office will also get in touch to see how else we can help at this stage and signpost you to a wide range of other support across Scotland.
With our help, you could be in business sooner than you imagined.
231 George Street
0141 530 4285
Monday to Friday
09:00 to 17:00
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