Diversifying your Business, Training & Information Sources

Getting Ready for Business – Information leaflet

The Getting Ready for Business – Information Leaflet has been prepared to provide you with templates, guidance notes and examples to help you on the way. You will also find posters that you can download, print off and use in your workplace along with links to Scottish and UK government information and articles from professional bodies.

We clearly have a long way to go, but movement is starting soon and the more that we can all do to review, plan, purchase necessary equipment and prepare in advance the more successful you will be.

Download the leaflet here

Digital Development Loan

The Digital Development Loan was created by the Scottish Government to provide loans to companies who wish to improve their digital capabilities and capacity. The loan also covers staff digital skills development as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve economic productivity.

To find out more about the Digital Development Loan or to apply head to their website- https://digitaldevelopmentloan.org/

Business Gateway

Business Gateway are releasing webinars across Scotland to help businesses through COVID-19.

Their national weekly webinar programme will focus in on the latest key business needs and topics like Taking Your Business Online, Managing Your Business Reputation, Getting Your Website Found, Using Webinars & Live Streams, Digital Marketing Strategy and many more.

Here is the link to Business Gateway’s event’s website where you can see their upcoming events and book your place – https://www.bgateway.com/events

Further support and guidance for COVID-19 from Business Gateway can be found on their website at. Here is the link to their website. 

Skills Development Scotland

Online courses available

Skills Development Scotland has introduced a new online portal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to encourage people who have been furloughed or made redundant to develop their skills. The portal provides links to thousands of free-to-access online resources across a range of subject areas including digital, languages, business and technology.

Learn about online courses

Google Digital Garage Training

Start learning a new skill today with Google!

Online courses, designed for you to grow your career or business. Select individual modules, or dive right in and take an entire course end-to-end.

Gain today’s most in-demand skills

Gain the skills you need, whether you’re growing your business, starting a career, or just want to try something new.

Here is the link to the Google Digital Garage

COVID-19 Business Helpline

The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660. The helpline will be open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team.

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