Business Resources 

There are so many sources of advice out there for businesses, it can feel overwhelming. Where do you start?


To help, we have collated information about local and national networks by asking local people for recommendations . This page will be updated throughout September 2020.

8 sources of tried and tested business advice for small and social enterprises


Argyll Business Gateway

a one stop shop for small businesses  in argyll including digital boost

Find business

a searchable national business support directory

Small Business Saturday

a campaign has to promote small businesses across the uk

First Port

support and funding for social enterprises based in Scotland

Federation of Small Businesses

a membership organisation offering advice, training and support

Enterprise nation

tools, tips and community for small businesses

Creative Entrepreneurs’ club

a membership organisation nurturing peer to peer learning across creative businesses in Scotland


business support, funding and training

4 links to phone apps and guidance to help you make  promotional films.

These recommendations have come from participants of the Microbytes: DIY promotional film making workshop, delivered by local film maker Mike Blanco.


Video Shop

an app to help you capture quality images using your mobile phone


helps you capture content and create high impact videos using effects


an app to help you capture and edit films and add effects on your mobile phone

A film about film making on your mobile

top tips from National Theatre of Scotland’s Video Producer, Seth Hardwick.

4 links to help with Google My Business

These recommendations come from Dunoon CARS and local business people who use Google My Business to promote their work


Google Webinars

useful guidance on all things google at the digital garage

Google Grants

Grants for google adverts for not-for-profit organisations

Set up Google My Business

helpful tutorials on how to set up your buiness profile

B2B guidance on using google effectively

top tips from Semrush

6 links to free communities of peer to peer support for businesses

These recommendations come Dunoon and Cowal Co-works



An online network of support  designed around the needs of female entrepreneurs base in rural Scotland


An Argyll wide network of support for creative enterprises. Events, training and promotion


Rural enterprise support network providing support and training

My Work Hive

A global network of support for remote workers at any stage of businesses

Dunoon and Cowal Co-works

A local peer to peer support network for freelancers and local business people.

Women's Enterprise Scotland

WES works to create an environment where women can start up in business and thrive.

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