Over the last eight years, thanks to European Regional Development Funding (ERDF), Business Gateway Stirling has been able to fully fund specialist consultants, allowing them to work with over 731 businesses on a 1-2-1 basis for up to three days. This funding has enabled delivery of projects to a value of circa £750,000.
The programme of specialist support can fund project’s for businesses who have been trading for over six months and can demonstrate potential growth.
Specialists have supported businesses with HR projects, marketing, branding, photography and video, finance, business strategy and more.
In line with Stirling Council’s key priorities, support is given in the first instance, to businesses that require HR support to encourage local employment, the Tourism, Food and Drink Sector and those who have not had ERDF funding previously.
Done Your Way
Launched in 2015 by co-founders Luke McConnel and Sara Cairney, Done Your Way provides cost-effective web solutions to a variety of small and medium-sized businesses across Stirlingshire and Central Scotland.
After meeting a Business Gateway adviser, Done Your Way went on to receive ERDF specialist support funding to strengthen their marketing and branding.
Luke McConnell, co-founder of Done Your Way, said: “After working with Business Gateway, we have received a variety of start-up and growth business services, all of which have been instrumental in moving our business forward. One-to-one business advice and funding assistance have equipped us with the skills and capabilities to gain greater exposure of the local market which has ultimately helped increase our customer base.”
Bannockburn-based Kilgannon Motors, repair and maintain motor vehicles, as well as buying and selling cars.
The business was looking for advice about how to improve its social media engagement, and
overall web presence, including a website overhaul. They also needed guidance about business strategy and overall marketing strategy.
Jamie Kilgannon, Owner, Kilgannon Motors said: “We have received fantastic support from the Business Gateway ERDF Scheme. The advice has helped us to come up with a clearer business strategy, allowing us to diversify the business and improve the overall operation of our family-run business. We now have a clearer marketing strategy, social media presence and new website which has resulted in an increased client base. This support has meant that we have not only managed to safeguard jobs, but we have also successfully created jobs, and increased turnover.”
STEP has delivered Business Gateway Services in Stirling since its inception. Business Gateway is fully funded by the Scottish Government, and free of charge for you and your business.
Jenn McArthur, Marketing and Business Development at STEP said: “Many small business owners often feel like there is an endless list of things to get done and whilst they are experts at their business, it’s impossible to know enough about everything. That’s exactly where ERDF specialist support can help. The programme was extremely popular last year with the impact of COVID meaning businesses needed help diversifying, creating new marketing plans and getting online shopable, bookable. We hope that the last year of the programme will be just as successful.”
This is the final wave of this funded support programme and the team are hoping to support another 82 businesses in 2021-2022.
Businesses looking to access ERDF specialist support can get in touch on 01786 498 496 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.