Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic wellbeing of Scotland by providing access to free business support services.
In the second series we explore the challenges facing business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hosts Phillip Lockwood-Holmes and Danny Gallagher interview fellow business leaders and Business Gateway advisers about issues facing businesses such as cashflow, accessing the right financial support, maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing, managing furloughed staff, flexible working, innovation and diversification.
Digital sustainability: How to have a greener website
In this episode, Danny talks to UX Designer Sam Selbie about finding simple ways to make your business website more sustainable.
We look at ways of reducing your website’s carbon footprint through some small changes, such as image sizes and hosting, as well as exploring how a sustainable website can also benefit your customers and their experience of your brand online!
Find out how you can start being more sustainable today.
The changing world of work: apprenticeships and how they can support your organisation
Listen to our latest podcast episode where we have partnered with Skills Development Scotland to talk through the importance of modern apprentices in the workplace and discuss why more Scottish businesses are continuing to invest in apprenticeship schemes.
Host Danny Gallagher, Business Gateway Highland Manager, will be joined by Neil Cunningham, Employer Engagement Adviser at Skills Development Scotland; Anthony Burns, Chief Operating Officer of ACS Clothing and Radoslaw Lacki, one of ACS Clothing’s Modern Apprentices.
Throughout the engaging discussion, Skills Development Scotland will highlight the support they offer businesses in finding the right apprentices and the wide variety of apprenticeship schemes that are available in Scotland. We will also learn about ACS Clothing’s commitment in developing their apprenticeship scheme and explore why apprenticeships are crucial in building the careers of Scotland’s youth workforce.
Business Gateway in conversation with Simon Howie
Listen to the next episode of our latest Business Gateway Connections podcast series, where we interview well-known Scottish brands to explore their story and gain insight into what it’s like to run some of Scotland’s fastest growing businesses.
Host Danny Gallagher, Business Gateway Highland Manager, will interview Simon Howie, founder and owner of Scottish leading butcher brand, Simon Howie. Founded in 1986 in Dunning, Perthshire, Simon Howie has become the UK’s best-selling haggis brand and in 2021 the business reached new heights by launching the first ever haggis into space.
Throughout the podcast, Simon will discuss the story behind the brand, including how it all began and what’s next for the butcher, as well as provide insight into the challenges the business has faced during the pandemic, and offers key advice for budding entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.
Business Gateway in conversation with Ooni
Listen to the new podcast episode of our latest Business Gateway Connections series where we interview well-known Scottish brands to explore their story and gain insight into what it’s like to run some of Scotland fastest growing businesses.
Host Danny Gallagher, Business Gateway Highland Manager, will be joined by Darina Garland, Co-Founder and Director of outdoor pizza oven company, Ooni. Recently commended at the 2020 EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards, Darina launched the business in Edinburgh in 2012 and it has now grown to become the world’s most popular wood fired portable oven brand.
Through an in-depth discussion, Darina will discuss the secrets behind the recent growth of Ooni, including the culture behind one of Scotland’s most talked about businesses and how they have adapted to major challenges across the past 12 months.
Preparing your business for leaving the EU
Listen to our latest ‘Connections’ podcast episode where we focus on what businesses can do to prepare for the UK leaving the EU at the end of December. We hear from business owners on how they are preparing leading up to the 1st of January 2021 and learn about the simple and low-cost actions all businesses who will be impacted can look at taking right now.
Host Danny Gallagher, Business Gateway Manager, Highland, will be joined by Kevin Shakespeare, The Institute of Export and International Trade, Brie Reid and Tom Martin, Co-Founders of Snag Tights and David Archer, Managing Director of Sephra Europe for their perspective on the current situation. Through an in-depth discussion the podcast will highlight the key changes that will come into place and what businesses need to plan for and implement in preparation for leaving the EU.
Starting a business after redundancy
Starting your own business can be thrilling, exciting, and without a doubt a bit daunting! Tune in to our latest Business Gateway ‘Connections’ podcast episode, where we explore how those facing redundancy in light of COVID-19 may want to take the leap into self-employment or starting a business.
Danny Gallagher, Business Gateway Manager, Highland, speaks to Sarah Johnson, Director at IndigoLeap and Gillian Macdonald, a Business Adviser for Business Gateway, who share tips on how people can work out if they are in fact armed with that “light bulb” idea to help them start a new venture, what support and resources are available, and how a strong digital strategy can help get you off the ground.