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This page tells you how we use your cookie information.

Who we are:

Business Gateway is a publicly funded service contributing to the economic well-being of Scotland by providing access to free business advice & support services.

The service is delivered by Local Government in Scotland, including: 

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH
Scottish Local Authorities

Legal basis for using your information:

We provide business advice & support services to you as part of our statutory function as local government in Scotland. You can find more details on our website at  
Processing your personal information (including cookies) is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest by local government in Scotland.

Why do we need cookie information and what do we do with it?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Each cookie usually contains a unique string of characters, which allows a website to distinguish your device from other users. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
We may combine information collected via cookies with information such as your IP address, the type of browser, device and operating system, for example to provide statistical information about visitors to this Website.
You can find out more about cookies at The user instructions for your browser or device will explain how you can control the use of cookies on your device.
Types of cookies used on this Website
We use the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies 
These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
Analytical/performance cookies
They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Functionality cookies
These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. 
Third party cookies
Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. 

Cookies used on this Website

Name: AcceptTerms
Type: Local System
Expires: 1 Year
Purpose: Used to store button click on cookie consent form, to stop message re-appearing
Name: accesskey & pts_access
Type: Local System
Expires: 1 Year
Purpose: Used to store unique ident for submitted PTS forms for future sign-in & retrieval
Name: Google Analytics
Cookies: _utma; _utmb; _utmc; _utmz
Type: Analytical/performance cookies, third party cookies
Expiry: 2 years; 30 minutes; when you quit your browser; 6 months (respectively)
Purpose: These cookies collect information about how our visitors use this site. This data is collected anonymously, and is used to help improve this website’s functionality. For more information, see Google Analytic’s page on safeguarding your data.

How do I change my cookie settings?

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit or
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Rejecting cookies

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser or device that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of this Website, or may find that some features do not operate properly.
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years.

Changes to our cookie policy

We keep this cookie policy under regular review and will place any updates on our website.  If you do not have access to the internet you can contact us via telephone to request hard copies of our documents.

This cookie policy is version: 1.0

This cookie policy was last updated on: 05 Apr 2018.

Contact us

For further information from us on any of this Policy or for any queries relating to them, please contact us at or by phone on 0300 013 4753.