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Aberdeen is home to more than 25,000 businesses, who can now benefit from the extensive range of support services listed below.

Business Gateway Aberdeen City and Shire

Business Gateway Aberdeen functions in the same way as Local Enterprise Partnerships do in other UK cities. Business Gateway offers expert assistance and business advice completely free of charge through a network of qualified advisors who are available by phone, email, and in person too at various support centres. The organisation offers comprehensive support to local business owners through all stages of their business development plan, from helping them refine their initial business idea to supporting them in their business expansion plans.

Some of the business support services on offer at Business Gateway Aberdeen include:

• Personalised help with business plan preparation.
• Financial planning support.
• Workshops for start-ups and established companies, covering a variety of topics like negotiation skills, digital marketing strategies, finance, bookkeeping, social media for business, advertising, etc.
• Market research reports, insight packs, and other research data, which are available free of charge.
• Specialised support to young entrepreneurs.
• A dedicated networking group for female entrepreneurs.

Business Gateway Aberdeen website:
Address: Upstairs at The Hub, Exploration Drive, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8GX
Telephone number: 01224 968 421

Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen City Council offers business support to local companies through its Economic and Business Development Department. These services are delivered through Invest Aberdeen.

The City Council also offers financial support to local businesses via the Support for Aberdeenshire Business Scheme.

Aberdeen City Council website:
Address: Aberdeen City Council Customer Service Centre, Ground Floor, Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen AB10 1AB
Telephone number: (General Enquiries) 08456 080 910 or 01224 522 000

Elevator UK- Aberdeen Centre for Entrepreneurship

Elevator UK is a social enterprise that was established in late 2014 with the objective of making the process of setting up and running a business in Aberdeen much easier. The organisation is managed by the Enterprise North East Trust and also acts as a representative of Business Gateway. More than 2,000 companies have already benefited from the specialised support offered by Elevator UK.

The main focus of this social enterprise is to foster entrepreneurship and business growth through a wide range of support services, including:

• High-quality office space at their business centre located near the Bridge of Don, as well as at 18 other locations that offer state-of-the-art facilities and flexible office space.
• Training sessions, workshops, networking events, and competitions.
• An accelerator programme lasting between 10 and 20 weeks, during which ambitious business owners can test and refine their business ideas or products and polish key skills.

Elevator UK website:
Address: Elevator at The Hub, Exploration Drive, Aberdeen Energy Park, Bridge of Don, AB23 8GX
Telephone number: 01224 289 700

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce offers business support to its members through extensive networking opportunities, skills development courses (delivered in partnership with other organisations), business research and intelligence data, and a range of events that range from business breakfasts to leadership dinners.

Address: The Hub, Exploration Drive, Aberdeen Energy Park, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8GX
Telephone number: 01224 343 900

Invest Aberdeen

Invest Aberdeen is an initiative of Aberdeen City Council that provides assistance to new and established businesses across four main areas:

• Supporting inward investment by providing businesses with a list of quality commercial properties in strategic locations.
• Facilitating skills attraction and development through recruitment fairs, talent attraction projects, training grants, and apprenticeship funding.
• Fostering business growth by sponsoring business awards, delivering specialised workshops, and facilitating networking with national and overseas companies.
• Boosting the trade and export sectors through training, networking opportunities, trade clinics, and more.

Address: Office of the Chief Executive, 1st Floor, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ
Telephone number: Not provided

The University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen runs a department devoted to fostering collaboration between academia and local enterprise with a focus on innovation, development, and training. Aberdeen-based SMEs can benefit from these services through the university's Business Innovation Assistance Programme, which consists of innovation voucher schemes, kick-start awards, the Easy Access IP scheme, and support with funding applications.

The University of Aberdeen website:
Address: The University of Aberdeen, Research & Innovation, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3FX
Telephone number: 01224 272 123