Service updates

We regularly add new services and events, and release improvements, to this website. We list these improvements and additions here.

Partner name change

  • Release date: 27 July 2022
  • Release type: Partner name change

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre are now known as Built Environment - Smarter Transformation (BE-ST)

New partner added

  • Release date: 27 July 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

East Ayrshire Council has been added to the site with 3 new services. 

Food security landing page added

  • Release date: 14 July 2022
  • Release type: New landing page

We have created a landing page that lists information on food security and supply chain issues for businesses in Scotland, including useful resources and guidance, services and events. 

New partners, new services

  • Release date: 30 June 2022
  • Release type: New partners, new services

This week we have published services from 2 new partners:

Stirling Council

Invest in Stirling

Service description update

  • Release date: 27 June 2022
  • Release type: service description update

Information disclaimer added to service descriptions on Find Business Support.  

New partner added

  • Release date: 10 June 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new service

Dumfries and Galloway Council has been added to the site with 1 new service. 

 

Events page update

  • Release date: 19 May 2022
  • Release type: Events page update

The waiting list button colour has been updated from orange to grey.  This is a better colour choice for accessibility. 

New partner added

  • Release date: 18 May 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

South Lanarkshire Council has been added to the site with 1 new service. 

 

Update to e-newsletter sign up

  • Release date: 13 May 2022
  • Release type: new e-newsletter sign up

The weekly e-newsletter has been updated to reflect the updated Find Business Support branding.  At the same time as the refresh the database has been cleared to remove any obsolete email addresses.   To comply with GDPR users have been asked to resubscribe. 

New partner added

  • Release date: 12 May 2022
  • Release type: New services

East Dunbartonshire Council has been added to the site with 2 new services. 

 

Website brand update

  • Release date: 05 May 2022
  • Release type: new logo, new colour

A logo has been designed for the Find Business Support website.  The logo is representative of the purpose of the website, in directing businesses in Scotland to available public sector support.  

In line with the logo colour, a new colour palette has been applied across the desktop and mobile sites. 

An update favicon has been released to reflect the new website logo. 

New partner added

  • Release date: 4 May 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

Business Enterprise Scotland has been added to the site with 1 new service. 

Business Enterprise Scotland provides free impartial support and access to funding to help businesses save energy, money and carbon.

New partner added

  • Release date: 12 April 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

North Ayrshire Council has been added to the site with 3 new services. 

North Ayrshire Council can help your business to start up, to grow, or to invest in the area.

New partner added

  • Release date: 05 April 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

East Lothian Council has been added to the site with 2 new services. 

East Lothian Council is the first point of contact for free and impartial business information advice and support to all sectors of the economy.

New partners, new services

  • Release date: 25 March 2022
  • Release type: New partners, new services

This week we've published services from 5 new partners:

Argyll and Bute Council

Invest in North Lanarkshire

Invest in Perth

North Lanarkshire Council

Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)

New partner added

  • Release date: 18 March 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

Invest Fife has been added to the site with 4 new services. 

Invest Fife is dedicated to creating good working relationships with key business investors, whether they are a new business or an established company in Fife.

New homepage image

  • Release date: 15 March 2021
  • Release type: New homepage image

We have changed the homepage image to one from a joint partner marketing campaign directing to the Find Business Support website. 

New partners, new services

  • Release date: 11 March 2022
  • Release type: New partners, new services

This week we've published services from 2 new partners:

 

New partner added

  • Release date: 9 March 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

Department for International Trade has been added to the site with 3 new services. 

Department for International Trade secures UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

Russia sanctions page added

  • Release date: 8 March 2022
  • Release type: New landing page

We have created a landing page that lists information on the Russia sanctions for businesses in Scotland, including useful resources and guidance, services and events. 

New partner added

  • Release date: 8 February 2022
  • Release type: New partner, new services

IBioIC has been added to the site with 4 new services.

IBioIC is a networking and support organisation that connects industry, academia and government to bring biotechnology processes and products to the global market.

Updates to coronavirus landing page

  • Release date: 28 January 2022
  • Release type: New content

The coronavirus landing page has been updated to include an accordion that signposts to sources of funding for various industries and sectors affected by the Omicron COVID restrictions in December 2021 and January 2022.

This top-level summary of COVID funding was previously featured on a service description page, but has been moved here as a more convenient and appropriate location.

New partner added

  • Release date: 20 December 2021
  • Release type: New partner, new services

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been added to the site with one new service.

RGU support industry, government, nonprofits and the wider community of learners directly in applying creativity, ideation, innovation, research, design thinking and entrepreneurship to impact society and business.

New partner added

  • Release date: 13 December 2021
  • Release type: New partner, new services

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) has been added to the site with one new service.

MSIP is a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council, and Scottish Enterprise, created to generate economic growth in Scotland and support a fair and just transition to a net zero economy.

Layout of homepage changed

  • Release date: 6 December 2021
  • Release type: New layout

We have removed the 'Contact us' page from the top navigation and added the 'About us' page. This will make it easier to access information about the website and its partners. The 'Contact us' page is still accessible through the homepage footer.

The 'Sign-up for email updates' banner now sits above the 'Coronavirus advice' banner on the homepage.

New homepage image

  • Release date: 29 November 2021
  • Release type: New homepage image

We have changed the homepage image to one of a windfarm in Scotland. This reflects Scotland's net zero ambitions.

New search filters added

  • Release date: 29 November 2021
  • Release type: New search filters

We've made improvements to the site's search functionality. We've added new topic filters and updated the list of sectors.

We've also added a location filter. These improvements will allow customers to get a more focused list of support options when using the search.

New partner added

  • Release date: 11 November 2021
  • Release type: New partner, new services

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) has been added to the site with 9 new services.

The SCQF is Scotland’s national qualifications framework. It provides a way to recognise, describe and compare the difficulty and time taken to achieve of a whole range of qualifications and learning programmes, including mainstream qualifications, vocational and skills-based qualifications, and learning programmes developed and delivered in the workplace or community.

Net zero page added

  • Release date: 20 October 2021
  • Release type: New landing page

We have created a landing page that lists the information on net zero business support, including latest updates, services and events. 

New partner added

  • Release date: 2 September 2021
  • Release type: New partner, new service

CyberScotland has been added to the site with one new service. CyberScotland is a partnership website which offers a variety of cyber security and resilience resources for businesses, organisations and individuals in Scotland.

New partners added

  • Release date: 21 July 2021
  • Release type: New partners, new services

This week, we've published services from 5 new partners:

New partner added

  • Release date: 30 June 2021
  • Release type: New partner, new services

We've published services from our new partner GrowBiz, which supports micro-businesses, enterprises and the self-employed in rural Scotland.

Updates to About us page

  • Release date: 11 May 2021
  • Release type: New content

The content on the About us page has been updated to reflect the new key messages around Find Business Support. It now better explains the website's purpose, operation and how it helps businesses in Scotland.

Brexit support page added

  • Release date: 17 March 2021
  • Release type: New page

We added a page with links to useful resources and support to help businesses Operate after Brexit

This will help businesses find the information previously located on the Prepare for Brexit website, which has now been retired.

New partner added

  • Release date: 5 February 2021
  • Release type: New partner, new service


We've published details of one new service from CENSIS, Scotland's Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

New partner added

  • Release date: 21 January 2021
  • Release type: New service


We've published details of 1 new service by the Corra Foundation

Re-designed home page and new filters

  • Release date: 8 December 2020
  • Release type: New design and functionality

We have redesigned the home page so you can start your search, or filter by the most important topics, right there.

We've also moved the Coronavirus and Brexit filters to a new Topics section. This should make how they interact with other filters more intuitive. We'll expand the range of topics available over time.

New partner added

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

  • Release date: 3 December 2020
  • Release type: New services

We've published details of 7 services provided by National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

New partners and functionality

  • Release date: 26 August 2020
  • Release type: New partners, new functionality

We've added services and events for new partners:

  • CENSIS
  • Elevator UK
  • Renfrewshire Council
  • Supplier Development Programme
  • Zero Waste Scotland

We've also released new functionality to support the expression of interest for the Hotel Support Programme.

Three new partners added

  • Release date: 5 August
  • Release type: New partners

The Supplier Development Programme has now been added to the site, with two new services.

The Supplier Development Programme offers expert training, support and information on all aspects of tendering to help local companies win work and grow their business.

The Data Lab has also been added to the site The Data Lab's mission is to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future.

Elevator have now joined the site. Elevator help ambitious entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses through their delivery of Business Gateway services and range of highly effective accelerator programmes.

Improvements and bug fixes

  • Release type: improvements and bug fixes
  • Release date: 3 August 2020

We've fixed a bug that meant some Business Gateway events resulted in a page not found error. We have also resolved an issue with event dates.

Our research told us that some users were confused by the date filters for events, so we've made some changes there that should improve things. 

Two new partners added

  • Release date: 31 July
  • Release type: New partners

Zero Waste Scotland (seven services) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (two services) have been added to the site.

Zero Waste Scotland is a not-for-profit environmental organisation which encourages Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change. 

Using evidence and insight, their goal is to inform policy and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.

The British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) is a science-based, charitable body that provides information, expertise and guidance in the recognition, control and management of workplace health risks.

As the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection, they aim to protect the health of workers by preventing ill health in the workplace and by promoting the science and practice of occupational hygiene.

Industry filter

  • Release date: 14 July
  • Release type: New filter

We have added a new type of filter for industry/sectors. This is to help quickly and easily find any services that are aimed at a particular sector.

We have also released some small updates to the services and events listings.

Search improvements

  • Release date: 6 July 2020
  • Release type: Improved functionality

Service enquiry forms were using the wrong introductory content, we have fixed that.

We added a predictive text (autocomplete) feature to search when typing.

In addition:

  • We have also deployed keyword search improvements for events to provide a consistent experience
  • We made a small change to how the page title is updated when applying date filters for events. This should make life easier for people who use a screenreader

New partners added

  • Release date: 6 July 2020
  • Release type: New partners

Services from Creative Scotland and Screen Scotland have been added to the site.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience these industries by helping others develop great ideas and bring them to life.

Screen Scotland is the dedicated partnership for the screen industry in Scotland and drives the cultural, social and economic development of all aspects of the sector through enhanced funding, services and support.

Improvements to search and enquiries

  • Release date: 27 May 2020
  • Release type: new functionality, new partners

We've updated our search so it should be a bit more forgiving if what you tap or type wasn't exactly what you intended. If you're looking for events, picking dates should be a bit better too.

We also fixed a problem with our address lookup. So if the information we get back from it is incomplete we might ask you to add a little more detail.

Some other improvements include:

  • Email and telephone number validation is better
  • We now update our title and headings to feed back when you search or filter services. This should benefit screenreader users
  • We've added a load of new partners, and additional services will be published soon

We've also made a few improvements under the hood to make things slicker and more secure. And we have a nice new picture on the home page.

We've removed maps

  • Release date: 23 April 2020
  • Release type: New functionality, new partner

We've removed the map view of events. It didn't seem particularly useful right now. We'll bring it back in happier days.

There are still plenty of business events happening for Scottish businesses. For the time being, they'll come to you. Don't go to them.

We've also introduced a few new features:

  • If an event is fully booked but has a waitlist, we'll let you know. You can put your name down too
  • On our home page, bullet points are visible
  • We've updated a ton of stuff on our coronavirus advice pages. We'll be looking into bringing this content into our services soon.
  • Our colleagues at South of Scotland Enterprise are now on board
  • We've also fixed some things under the hood that should make our services easier for you to find from your favourite search engine

Default sort order changed

  • Release date: 23 March
  • Release type: Changed functionality

We've changed the default sort order when services are first loaded to newest first. This means the coronavirus advice service is the first one listed.

South of Scotland Enterprise have been added to the site

  • Release date: 20 March
  • Release type: New partner

South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) services have now been added to the site. They often share services with Scottish Enterprise (SE), so you might see a page that has both logos on it. This means it will be run by SE if you live in the central belt. If you live in the south of Scotland, this service will be offered by SOSE. 

New coronavirus category

  • Release date: 19 March
  • Release type: New functionality

We have added a new Support type category for coronavirus, and will be adding more services to it in the coming days and weeks.

Other improvements include:

  • Colour-coding on map pins confused some people, so they are all now the same colour
  • Where there are multiple events at the same venue it is now more obvious and easier to get them
  • Improvements to our address lookup
  • We've added the ability to reset the events map
  • When filtering events in the list view, it is more obvious that your results are updating
  • Improved the way we inform screenreader users which organisation provides a service. We also improved the accessibility of the map for these users
  • We've also improved the skiplink functionality for keyboard users

Coronavirus advice page added

  • Release date: 18 March 2020
  • Release type: New page

We have created a page that gives you the latest information on business support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Keep checking back - we'll update it regularly with the latest announcements and advice. 

Events now available on a map

  • Release date: 18 February 2020
  • Release type: New functionality

As of today, you can view events on a map.

Right now, this includes all events run by Business Gateway, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and Scottish Enterprise. We plan to include more organisations as time goes on.

Maps aren't for everyone, of course. So there's also a list view of upcoming events.

Whatever you preference, you can filter to get business events in your area, in any date range, about any topic you choose.

Improvement for disabled users

  • Release date: 31 January 2020
  • Release type: Accessibility improvements

Following usability testing with people with a range of accessibility needs, we have released a number of improvements to enhance their experience on this website, including:

  • Removed overly verbose text from navigation links
  • An improvement on how alternate text is provided on service descriptions
  • Improving the way we present link text to screenreaders
  • Changing button styles to use sentence case
  • Improved behaviour when you go back to your search results
  • The tab labelled 'All support' confused some people, so we changed it to 'Services'

Three new services to help tourism businesses increase their reach

  • Release date: 13 November 2019
  • Release type: New services

VisitScotland logo

We've published details of 3 services provided by VisitScotland.

VisitScotland is Scotland’s National Tourism Organisation

They promote the wealth of incredible features our country has to offer. Their aim is to benefit Scotland by growing its tourism industry and giving it a renowned presence in the global marketplace.

Four new services added to help you exploit Scotland's research

  • Release date: 13 November 2019
  • Release type: New services

Interface - the knowledge connection for business

We've published details of 4 services provided by Interface.

Interface works with businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, to match them to Scotland's world-leading academic expertise.