Free help for business

A new free Business Development Programme in the region is being developed.

Dumfries and Galloway Council, through the South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project, has commissioned the programme.

It has been specifically designed to give new and emerging businesses in south-west Scotland the necessary skills and knowledge to grow successfully through innovation, adding value, market development and quality improvements.

The free programme, which starts this autumn, consists of monthly workshops. In addition to attending the workshops, businesses will have the opportunity to create their own development plans with the support of SAC Consulting Food & Drink.

Councillor Ian Carruthers, chairman of the council’s Planning, Housing and Environment Committee, said: “This latest initiative from our South of Scotland Business Competitiveness Project is another example of how we are working to improve the competitiveness of small and micro businesses in Dumfries and Galloway.”

Businesses interested in taking part should contact Eric Brown, Dumfries and Galloway Council, on 030 33 33 3000 ( or Patrick Hughes, SAC Consulting on 01224 711047 (