Starting a business, business start up in Scotland

All start up support can be accessed through the Local Gateway on 0845 6096611. However here are some of the Key Local Gateways direct contact details.

Business Gateway West Lothian

The Business Centre, Almondvale Boulevard, Livingston West Lothian EH54 6QP

tel 01506-777400 fax is 01506-777909.


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The first point of contact for start-ups and small businesses in West Lothian,


The David Hall Partnership Ltd

Founded in 1982 and operating from fourteen Business Centres throughout the UK, the David Hall Partnership Ltd is a leading private sector provider of advice, training and support to people thinking of setting up a business and to companies in their early years of trading. Counselling and training are provided by experienced staff whose aim is to provide the practical support needed to build confidence and the core skills that are essential to a successful business. The David Hall Partnership is a LEELstart provider.

B14 Argyle House, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh. EH3 9DR

Tel: (0131) 221 0522




IMS Training and Development Consultants

IMS Training and Development Consultants offer one-to-one business advice, business training courses and professional help. Individuals undertaking enterprise training, which lasts for an average of 13 weeks, may be eligible for Training for Work. The course is also accredited for SCOTVECs Researching a Business Opportunity.

107 McDonald Road, Edinburgh. EH7 4NW

Tel: (0131) 557 3796 Fax: (0131) 557 9151


Trust Training

Trust Training is a charity specialising in helping people to find employment including starting a business for themselves. Experienced business advisers help individuals to explore their business ideas and put them into operation, while still receiving benefit plus an additional £10 a week. Enterprise training is available for those who have been out of work for over 6 months or who have been affected by a large scale redundancy programme. Each individual is assigned their personal business advisor who provides support for the business even when it is up and running.

The Enterprise Centre, 48 Jarvey Street, Bathgate. EH48 4EZ

Tel: (01506) 656955 Fax: (01506) 633933