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Support for Businesses

Whatever stage your business is at, you will find enthusiastic, professional staff at West Lothian Council's Economic Development service who can provide a full range of assistance to business.

Advice & Support

It often helps to talk through a new idea with an unbiased third party. Many businesses use this facility before making an approach to a bank or other potential funding body. We can also help with the business planning process in a practical way, by linking up with our Business Information Service to provide the overview or background you need.

Access To Funding

Our business advisers are well versed in the eligibility criteria for many of the schemes of financial assistance on offer. They'll help you search for grants appropriate for your business and have a proven track record in accessing these funds. And where financial assistance is unlikely to be forthcoming, they'll give you a straightforward answer.

Economic Development staff co-ordinate a full schedule of events, seminars and programmes, including Business Gateway Start-Up and Growth workshops, designed to keep businesses informed and proficient in areas such as Management Development, Finance, Marketing and e-Business.

Business Information Service

Our professional approach to sourcing the information you need for your business could save you time and money and give you a real competitive advantage. The Business Information Service can benefit your company in so many different ways - whether you're just at the stage of writing your business plan, or are planning to develop and expand overseas.


As a major owner of commercial property, West Lothian Council may be able to help meet your property requirements.  We also provide a comprehensive search facility, covering all available industrial, retail and office property throughout the county.

  • Business Search

    This directory contains details of some 4500 businesses in West Lothian.

  • Starting a business

    West Lothian's Business Gateway team deliver a full range of services designed to meet the needs of all those wishing to start a new business, buy into a business opportunity or become self-employed.

  • Growing a business

    Knowing when to grow your business is just as important as deciding whether to do so by introducing new services, increasing market share or entering into a partnership. It often helps to talk through a new idea with an unbiased third party.

  • Meetings venues

    West Lothian's central location in Scotland makes it the ideal choice for business meetings. With the M8 and M9 motorways, Image of conference room and three different rail links running through the county, West Lothian's accessibility and freedom from traffic congestion puts it top of the list for businesses and organisations wishing to bring people together from across Scotland.

  • Events and Training

    Find out about business events, training opportunities and workshops taking place throughout West Lothian.

  • Doing Business With the Council

    West Lothian Council procures supplies, services and works to an approximate value of £220 million per annum. The council's Corporate Procurement Unit is a support service whose principal activity is to satisfy the council's procurement needs for supplies, services and works. Based at the Civic Centre, Livingston, a team of procurement professionals are able to assist with enquiries and offer procurement guidance and advice.

  • Business Continuity

    Businesses continuity plans are generic plans designed to help organisations respond to and recover from disruptions, whatever their source and whatever aspect of the business they affect.

  • Funding Sources

    Business Gateway Advisers are experienced in establishing and assessing suitability of schemes that can offer financial assistance to companies that are either starting out, established or relocating to West Lothian.

  • Finding Premises

    Our extensive property database supplied by NovaLoca provides a full listing of public and privately owned properties to let or buy.

  • Business Advice and Support

    In West Lothian we benefit from our long-term commitment to Business Gateway. This service, which is provided by West Lothian Council, helps people to start their own business and delivers specialist advisory support to established or growing businesses.

  • Customer Service Standards

    Customer service is at the centre of everything we do. We aim to ensure our customers receive a quality service at all times and are satisfied with their customer journey when engaging with the Economic Development and Regeneration team. To achieve this we will listen to your comments and feedback and strive to learn from them to continuously improve the service that we give you.