Planning to Start

Support provided by Business Gateway

What does this involve?

Business Gateway can help you if you’re planning to start a business based in Scotland. Fill in the Planning to Start questionnaire to tell them a bit about your business idea. They will then direct you to the most relevant free information and advice.

Answer just 12 simple questions so that we can assess your needs as a potential business owner. This will let us create a tailored Action Plan for you, recommend Business Gateway workshops and advise you about other support available from our partners.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are thinking about starting, or already run, a business in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is a free and impartial service.

How long does this take?

It takes about 10 minutes to fill in your details and answer 12 simple questions about your business idea.

Important information

You should answer the questionnaire as accurately as you can. The more we know about your business idea, the better we can support you.

Not quite ready to submit your form? You can save it and complete it later if you prefer.

Next steps

Visit the Planning to Start website to fill in the questionnaire. A Business Gateway Adviser will then get in touch to provide you with a tailored Action Plan.

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