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Finding help for student start-ups in Scotland

Have you already got a great business idea or do you just have an idea that you would like to start a business?
Well, that’s the bit you have to do for yourself*. After that there is no shortage of support and advice out there, you only need to ask. If you are a student, then you are already in the right place, as you are reading the Scottish Institute for Enterprise blog and SIE is here to help you.

If you are planning on starting your own business, then there is a long road ahead of you and you need to prepare. Fortunately for you, Scotland doesn’t have a one-stop shop for business start-up advice, it has a whole High Street! For students, SIE will be your guide and tell you the best places to go. For everyone else, just go into the first shop that appeals to you and ask. It may not be quite the right place to go, but if its not, they will gently point you in the right direction. After all, you are a stranger in this world of business, and you may not understand the language.  You may find that you have to visit a few shops until you find what you are looking for, but the shopkeepers are friendly, they want you to find what you are looking for.  If you want to succeed in business, you need to persevere; you’ll get there in the end.

So what is out there in Scotland’s Start-up high street?

  • Not sure what you want? Maybe you need to do a bit of research first. We’ll send you to Business Gateway to access information.
  • You are not doing it all on your own, you want to share with a team. Maybe you should try the Co-Op? We will introduce you.
  • Actually, you are an artist. You need to visit the Cultural Enterprise Office! SIE will draw you a map to make sure you find it.
  • What’s that, you want to help others, not yourself, and start a charity or social enterprise? SIE will steer you to Firstport .
  • and don’t forget the lawyers, accountants, patent agents and others who can offer advice too. SIE will sit beside you and interpret for you, until you learn the language.

You’ve been down the street, and you’ve reached the green light.
Luckily there’s a friendly business community out there willing to provide advice, mentoring and sometimes even a bit of money to get you started. That’s a topic for our next post.

You’ve made it, now where do you buy a Ferrari?
Scotland has plenty of successful entrepreneurs who would know where to go. But beware, if you talk to them they may just persuade you to invest some of your hard earned cash into the next generation of start-ups instead!

So don’t ever let us hear you saying that that you don’t know where to go for advice. Just open a door and walk straight in.

*By the way, the first sentence of this post is not true. SIE will even teach you how to think creatively, so we can help you to come up with your own business idea.

3 responses to “Finding help for student start-ups in Scotland

  1. The Hight Street of “Start Up support” – A great way of thinking about the help and advice that is available
    Remember If you are in Scotland, aged between 18 and 25 (or 26 and 30 if you are disabled) and want to run your own business The Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) can provide loans of up to £5000 and occasional grants of up to £1000, a free business mentor for the first two years of the business as well as a whole range of networking opportunities.

    http://www.psybt.org.uk