Planning to Start

Planning to Start

Planning to Start


In order to assess your needs as a potential Business Owner please complete the following questionnaire as accurately as you can.

The information you provide us with will allow us to create a tailored Action Plan, recommend workshops and refer you to relevant support from our partners.

There are only 12 questions and it will take around 10 minutes to complete. You can complete this at a later date by clicking on the 'Save & Complete Later' button at the end of the form.


Your Contact details

Enter your contact details below, this will determine how we contact you in future

Firstname *

Surname *

Business name (if known)

Intended Start Date (if known)

Your Address *

Enter your postcode to find & select your address

Tel / Mobile No *

Email address *

Your email address will be used for validation, to send updates to your and to allow future access to your details if required

Date of birth

Employment Status

Please describe your business idea.*

Please give an outline of what your business idea is, who will be involved in the business and where it may operate from.

What stage is your business idea at?*

Please give an indication of how far on you are with your business idea. This helps us identify how best to help you progress your business and what you need from us to support you.

Do you know what products/services you will sell?*

Defining what you will sell helps to us to identify your routes to market and who your target market may be.

Who will you sell to?*

Where will you sell?*

How do you plan to promote your business?*

There are a range of ways to promote your business and Business Gateway can help you to understand these and assist in developing your skills in marketing using our workshops and webinars and a range of factsheets.

How much money do you estimate your business will take in after the first 12 month of trading?*

Knowing the potential scale of your business helps us identify how intensive our support needs to be and ensure you get the right access to the right agencies and advisors.

Do you need to employ anyone in the first year of trading?*

Becoming an employer can be a daunting thought. If we know you may be considering employing someone we can tailor our support to include all the relevant advice and seminars to help with becoming an employer.

Will you need premises within the first year of trading?*

If you wish to secure premises we can arrange for a premises search to be carried out based on your requirements. You will then be supplied with details of vacant premises which meet your criteria.

Can you estimate how much money you need to start up your business?

Every business needs money to start up, even if it is just to buy some business cards. If you can make a rough estimate of what your start up funding requirements are we can help you identify how you will fund this.

Are you short of funds to start your business?

Knowing if you have a shortfall in start up funding and how much that is can help us to signpost you to the right types of funding sources and support you in making an application.

Please tick the boxes below to identify the areas you would like support in?

Ticking the relevant boxes here allows you to access some online resources immediately and book yourself on to some of our recommended online workshops and webinars. These are designed to help you understand different aspects of starting up and are run at various times throughout the day to suit all situations. There are also pre-recorded tutorials which you can listen to at any time.

How we use your data

We will use the information you provide to respond to your request, and to provide business advice and support services to you. For more information please view our privacy notice.


Local Marketing Consent

Your local Business Gateway service would also like occasionally to provide you with marketing information about other business support services and products that may be of interest to you.

If you would like to receive this information from your local office, please tick the boxes below to tell us all the ways you'd like to hear from your local team:

You can withdraw your consent to local marketing activity at any time by emailing .


Scottish Local Authorities are committed to equal opportunities both as an employer and as a service provider. Completion of this form will allow us to monitor the uptake of our services and help us achieve this commitment. All responses are optional.

Gender (Participant wishes to be identified with)


Citizenship Status (TICK IF NON UK Resident)

Ethnic Origin


Do you have any long term illness, health problem or disability which limits your daily activities or the work that you do?

Submit your form

Choose 'SUBMIT NOW' to send us your completed form. To save what you've done so far and complete later, click the 'SAVE & COMPLETE LATER' button, we will send you a link and instructions on how to log back into your form.