Business advice and support

Businesses in Midlothian can access a wide range of information and contacts for additional support including the following.

Economic Development

Midlothian Council’s Economic Development team are dedicated to the growth and development of Midlothian and the businesses who call it home.

Whatever the stage your business is at, support is available to help you.

Business Gateway Midlothian

Business Gateway Midlothian is your local point of access to the wider, national business support eco-system.

The team have expertise and experience of running and supporting businesses from initial concept to starting-up and growth.

Locate in Midlothian website

If you're looking to start a new business venture, grow an existing company, relocate with your family or simply want to visit the area, the Locate in Midlothian website gives you all the tools, support and information you need.

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Invest in Midlothian

If you are looking to expand your business or move into Midlothian the Economic Development team will work with you to find suitable investment opportunities, development sites, create bespoke offerings and help your business to prosper in Midlothian.

Find Business Support

Find Business Support is the Scottish Government’s dedicated business support website which lists all available local and nationwide funding for businesses of all sizes.

Local funding for businesses

Local funding may be available for your business. To find current funding opportunities for your Midlothian business, please visit Locate in Midlothian's dedicated web page.

Fair Work Agenda

In Scotland, Fair Work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers. It generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.

The Scottish Government’s vision, shared with the Fair Work Convention, is for Scotland to be a leading Fair Work Nation by 2025, where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations, and society.

There are plans in Scotland for grant funds to have conditions that relate to the Fair Work Agenda so your business should be working towards their Fair Work goals.

Raising finance with Business Loan Scotland Ltd

Business Loans Scotland Ltd is a consortium of Scottish Local Authorities providing loan finance to businesses.

This is to support working capital, purchase of plant or equipment, or business property. The funding is gap funding up to £100,000 which cannot exceed 50% of the total funding required. You must show that you have tried and been unable to obtain the funding from conventional sources. Interest is charged at 6% (more in higher risk situations) with maximum term 5 years. Security will be taken in most cases.

Winning business with the Council

We have signed up to the Supplier Development Programme (SDP). This helps small and medium sized businesses win public sector contracts. 

Therefore small and medium sized businesses located in Midlothian can now access SDP services free of charge. The training is particularly in the field of public procurement, but also covers:

  • Health and safety
  • Equality and diversity
  • Quality management
  • Environmental policy
  • Various Meet the Buyer events.

Public sector spending on goods and services across Scotland amounts to over £9bn per year. The SDP advises businesses pitching for public sector contracts nationally or locally.