Support for business

Developing your workforce

Developing your workforce to meet the needs of an expanding or diversifying market is critical to the future of your business. 

Business Mentoring Scotland is a free and valuable resource for business owners. It matches you with experienced mentors who come from all business areas and sectors. By sharing their entrepreneurial experiences, this service will hopefully inspire confidence to develop and grow, and can unlock a great network of contacts that can open doors and encourage fresh thinking. Ideal for ambitious businesses and social enterprises who want to realise their personal and business growth ambitions, giving them the ability to take their company to new heights.

Developing Young Workforce connects your business to schools and young people to help you identify and develop your workforce of tomorrow.

Digital Development Loan provides loans from £5000 to £50,000 at 0% interest to limited companies, sole traders, partnerships and social enterprises. This can cover the costs of improving digital skills and employing people with digital skills. The loan is repayable over three months to five years and businesses must be trading six months or more.

Skills Development Scotland> helps employers of all sizes and sectors to find and access national and local support for their business. They offer free advice through their employer engagement network including the bespoke Skills for Growth service tailored to your business; advice on work based learning and apprenticeships and support to help businesses engage with local schools.

SLWorks4U provides free recruitment advice and support. In addition they can provide financial incentives up to £4000 to create new jobs, job matching to help you find the right person with the right skills quickly, and access to training including industry specific training and apprenticeships. We can help fund training for existing staff through our Upskilling Programme.

Developing Young Workforce connects your business to schools and young people to help you identify and develop your workforce of tomorrow.

Interface< can connect you to experts within Scotland’s universities to help your business create and develop new products, services and processes to improve your business performance. A £5,000 funding voucher is available to support the academic time and costs.

University and college talent

South Lanarkshire further and higher education establishments can help you access student placements and recruit bright new talent: