Starting Your Own Business

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Elevator is one of Scotland’s leading social enterprises dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups and high growth businesses. Elevator works across Aberdeen City and Shire and Tayside to help facilitate the start-up and growth of new and existing businesses. 

Team Elevator currently engages with over 3,500 start-up businesses and assists around 1,800 organisations to grow annually with advisory support. With the launch of its Centre for Entrepreneurship in Bridge of Don, Elevator aims to support an additional 200 start-ups per year through stimulating interests in launching and growing businesses, as well as welcoming global talent onto the Elevator Accelerator Programme accelerating businesses. Elevator will launch a second Centre for Entrepreneurship with Accelerator Programme in Dundee in late 2016. Elevator supports the entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees of today and tomorrow by providing expert business advice, teaching entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour.

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Are you a young promising entrepreneur?

Aberdeen City and Shire is an entrepreneurial region. If you have an idea, are already running a business or are simply interested in finding out about ways to develop entrepreneurial skills there are several projects designed to assist people just like you.

You can call us on 01224 289725 or email to find out more about our events, workshops or meet with a Business Adviser to discuss a business idea. This is all completely free of charge as the service is fully funded. 

Elevator Challenge – June each year

Elevator operates an annual business challenge, targeting enthusiastic young people aged between 18 and 30 with an entrepreneurial or enterprising outlook, having either existing young businesses or embryonic business ideas, or just a passion for business. 

The event is in essence an 'entrepreneurial boot-camp' and is a blend of personal, physical and business challenges and team building in a managed -environment in which Enterprise is able to work closely with the group both during the event and afterwards to help develop their business ideas. The Elevator Challenge is held at an outdoor residential centre near Aberfoyle, Stirlingshire, and provides a stimulating environment in which to develop young people and their ideas. Find out more on the Elevator website: 

The Elevator Conference

The Elevator Conference is the only national event of its kind for aspiring entrepreneurs in Scotland. It is an event aimed at inspiring the future leaders of our country, and opening their eyes to new possibilities.

A high-energy event where inspirational speakers relay what worked well and what didn't work well for them.

This event takes place at the AECC each year with over 1,000 attendees. The event is free of charge and open to all. Find out more on the Elevator Website:

Business Gateway for Business Start Up Advice

Your business idea

If you have a business idea but are not sure how to turn that into reality we can help. The sooner that you talk to an Adviser about your idea, the better. We'll help you to evaluate your idea, offer you the necessary training, advice and access to quality information that will provide the foundations to your new business. You'll want to develop your business but do you have the Plan to succeed? We've assisted literally thousands of people to develop their Business Plans and would like you to benefit from that experience.

We offer workshops and events to guide you through all of the essential aspects of starting your business correctly, we can provide market research reports for your sector and can offer you advice on planning your finances.

Starting your business

When you have completed your Business Plan, researched your market and are making plans to launch your business we can help. This is an exciting time but it can also be busy and stressful and you'll want to ensure that you've not missed anything important. Each year, we assist over 1,300 new businesses to successfully launch in the City and Shire and during this phase will assist you to complete your start-up checklist, review your Business Plan, and ensure that you are aware of any local funding initiatives. If you haven't contacted us before, this is your chance to ensure that you are allocated your own fully funded Business Advisor to support your start-up and growth stages of your new venture.

Women into Business

Women into Business is a networking group for women who are developing a business idea, or those who have recently started their business. We know that it can be daunting when starting a business on your own and you may benefit from sharing your experiences with other women. These laid back and informal events give you an opportunity to meet other businesswomen while helping you to dip your toe into business networking.

Find out more about Business Gateway support online  or call us on 01224 289725 to speak to a friendly impartial adviser for free.