STEP Today: The Original Incubator And Accelerator®

As it stands today, STEP has evolved into much more than its original purpose as an incubator for businesses. It has expanded its reach beyond the confines of its physical space to support a larger community across Scotland. With a wide range of services and a commitment to nurturing growth, STEP is at the forefront of empowering businesses in an ever-changing world.

At STEP, a diverse array of services is on offer, catering to the needs of both new and established businesses. These services are designed to create an environment where innovation and growth can thrive.

Here’s a glimpse of what STEP has to offer:

Business Space:

STEP provides a variety of flexible spaces that cater to the needs of different businesses. From meeting spaces where ideas can flourish to workspaces that foster productivity, well-equipped office spaces, functional kitchen spaces, technology-rich spaces, flexible virtual spaces, shared collaborative spaces, and convenient day spaces, STEP ensures that businesses have access to the environments they need to thrive.

Business Support:

For companies in search of guidance and resources, STEP offers comprehensive business support services. This includes access to specialist experts, events, and training programmes that enhance knowledge and skills, along with access to Business Gateway resources. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or an established business looking to expand, STEP’s business support services are designed to help you reach your goals.

HR Support:

Recognising the importance of empowered and efficient teams, STEP offers various HR support options. These include retainer services, pay-as-you-go support, assistance with special projects, coaching to enhance employee performance, and even ILM accreditation to recognise and develop leadership skills. STEP goes beyond merely providing physical spaces; it fosters a supportive environment for businesses and their teams to thrive.

The legacy of the Imperial Tobacco Company’s generosity remains deeply rooted in STEP’s mission. It’s a commitment to community, innovation, and prosperity that has only grown stronger over the last four decades.

One of STEP’s most significant attributes, that ensures this generosity remains at the forefront, is its unwavering commitment to Business Wealth Building. The organisation reinvests 100% of its earnings back into the economy, creating a cycle of growth and sustainability. By channelling its profits into activities designed to boost the local economy, STEP actively contributes to the prosperity of Stirling and its surroundings.

Over the next 40 years, STEP envisions to double its investment and reinvest over £80 million in business support initiatives to stimulate the local economy. This commitment exemplifies STEP’s dedication to fostering economic growth and sustainability within the community it serves.

In a world where adaptability and innovation are the cornerstones of success, STEP serves as a dependable pillar of support for businesses. It provides the essential tools and resources needed to not just survive but thrive in today’s dynamic business environment.

STEP’s journey, from its origins as an incubator for startups to its present role as a pivotal support system for businesses and communities across Scotland, is nothing short of remarkable.

With this inspiring legacy in mind and a strong commitment to Business Wealth Building and fostering growth, STEP is ready to embark on the next part of its journey.

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