Helping you find the right support for your organisation.
Navigating the vast landscape of support and information resources for addressing business challenges can often feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are a number of local and national organisations that can assist you.
Finding information and business support
Zero Waste Scotland offers support, funding & expert knowledge for Scottish businesses to help them adopt new circular business practices as well as online tools to help you meet net zero, enhance your sustainability credentials, and grow your bottom line.
Business Energy Scotland offers free support to help you boost profits and play your part in tackling climate change.
Scotland’s International Environment Centre is driving the creation of a net-zero regional economy across the
Forth Valley, unlocking new opportunities for employment and skills development, as Scotland makes the
transition to cleaner, greener ways of working.
Led by the University of Stirling, the Centre is pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery.
The Centre has been commissioned by Stirling Council to support and facilitate net zero business training across Stirling. The Environment Centre is working in partnership with the Scottish Business Climate Collaboration to deliver this FREE net zero training.
The Centre delivers FREE webinars and One-to-one support for Stirling businesses.
If you have operations in Stirling please visit Net zero support for business and email SIEC@stir.ac.uk to note your interest.
Keep Scotland Beautiful delivers support to fulfil and exceed your environmental responsibilities using bespoke audits and assessments.
Scottish Flood Forum - If your property is prone to flooding, you may benefit from advice from the Scottish Flood Forum.
Transition Stirling Re-use Hub - if you need "new" office or shop equipment or if you need to get rid of some, why not use Transition Stirling's Reuse Hub.
FSB Small Business Sustainability Hub
Business Gateway offers a fantastic range of business support whatever the stage your business.
Scottish Enterprise offers a wide range of business support from events to business development advice, toolkits and everything inbetween.
STEP's round up of the latest free support for your business - very informative newsletter by STEP Stirling bringing you a single source of business support and information relevant to local businesses including grants, events, webinars and other support available. Sent every monday morning.
Invest in Stirling - Stirling Council's business support and inward investment website.
Univsersity of Stirling - If you an idea but without all the in-house expertise needed to develop it, theUniversity's majority-funded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) is a great place to start.
Scottish Business Resilience Centre - bringing together the Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, and the Scottish business community, SBRC's vision is to become the catalyst that makes Scotland one of the safest and most resilient places to live, work, and do business, both on and offline. They offer a range of services in the areas of: Community and Membership, Prevent and Protect, Skills and Education.
Go Forth's Safety initiatives
Federation of Small Businesses is committed to supporting all small business owners and the self-employed in the UK. They help small businesses comply with business law, deal with taxes and finances, find the right insurance, manage employees and much more.
Visit Scotland's resources for tourism businesses. Support includes digital marketing advice, Quality Assurance Scheme, industry and consumer research, industry events and more.
Scottish Tourism Alliance is the largest member organisation for tourism businesses in Scotland and the leading representative body for its tourism industry. Membership includes access to industry news, insights, events & discounts.
Forth Valley Food & Drink is a local group helping to raise the profile of local food and drink on the national stage. Membership benefits include marketing, industry insights and access to discounted training.
Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce shares business opportunities, knowledge, and expertise across the Forth Valley and hosts frequent networking events.
Circular Communities Scotland represent a thriving network of charities and social enterprises that supports Scotland’s circular economy.
Flexible Workforce Development Fund supports businesses in Scotland to upskill and reskill employees. SMEs have access up to £5,000 worth of support.
Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise - SVE supports new and existing Third Sector organisations that operate across the Stirling Council area. They work with community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises and individuals looking to set up a new organisations. They provide and can source a wide range of support including training and development.
University of Stirling workforce upskilling schemes:
- 90% funded Help to Grow: Management Course (for SMEs) - www.stir.ac.uk/helptogrow
- Fully-funded Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science - https://www.stir.ac.uk/courses/ug/graduate-apprenticeship-data-science/
A number of organisations listed on this page have resources available to train your workforce.
Scottish Enterprise funding search tool.
Funding for tourism businesses listed on Visit Scotland's page.
Go Forth Stirling informs about available funding via newsletters or you can find information about our currently open grants at goforthstirling.co.uk/business-grants.
Organisations listed in the "General Business Support" and "Business Representative Groups and Bodies" on this page also inform about available funding, usually via their newsletters.
View this page of our website about information on cost savings.