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Cost of doing business: get practical support

Rising costs are a significant challenge for businesses and employees. These difficult times are likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Find out about the practical resources and support we can offer to help your business. We’ll update this page regularly as new support becomes available.

Ongoing impact on business performance

  • 43%

    have experienced worker shortages

  • 44%

    affected by rising energy costs

  • 72%

    have had to absorb costs, increase selling process or change suppliers

How we can help

Our support and resources can help you to adapt and navigate the rising costs of doing business in a number of ways.

We can help your business take action to:

  • Reduce costs
  • Improve your productivity
  • Enter new markets
  • Bring about positive change in your workforce or people
  • Manage your finances more effectively

Find Business Support

You can find guidance on reducing the costs of running your business on the Find Business Support websiteopens in a new window

Business development and advice

Need support to take your business where you want it to be? Our specialist advisers can help you overcome day-to-day challenges, enhance your business practices or explore new markets and opportunities to grow and scale your company.

Learn more about our business development support 

Workplace innovation support

Our workplace innovation services and best practice guidance will help empower your staff to make your business more efficient, productive and profitable.

Get workplace innovation support 

More details on our support

Find Business Support websiteopens in a new window - further information and insights on reducing the costs of running your business

Business development and advice - our support can help you to overcome challenges, improve your business practices and explore new markets and opportunities

Workplace innovation support - make your business more efficient, productive and profitable

Read our business guides - get insights on a wide range of topics to help your business

Sign up for our free online Net Zero Accelerator tool - it can help your business work towards a net zero future using practical, inclusive and data-led solutions

Our specialists can help your business by:

  • Providing impartial advice and guidance ​
  • Helping you to identify and develop​ projects
  • Offering direct project delivery support ​
  • Helping you navigate the support landscape​

We can also provide help with business case development, including:

  • Help with technical and financial feasibility ​
  • Options appraisal​
  • Developing support applications​

Looking for funding to grow your business or launch a new project? We can help you navigate the funding landscape in Scotland.

Our support can help your business find and access the right funding, and, in some cases, we offer our own funding.

Learn more about our funding and grants support 

You can also find support and funding from our partners, including:

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If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we're always ready to help.