New incentive for D&G businesses

Entrepeneurs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to take advantage of free services and advice being offered by the Business Gateway. A new HR advisor and tax advisor are now at hand to help people deal with some tough business challenges.

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Young entrepreneur co-ordinator praises D&G talent

Lindsey Mason, Young entrepreneur co-ordinator Credit: ITV News Border

Lindsey Mason is the only dedicated young entrepreneur co-ordinator in Scotland. She works for the Dumfries and Galloway branch and is keen to encourage young people to start up on their own:

"We have some very talented and skilled young people in the region, and quite often they lack the skills that they need to establish a business.

"My role is to help them acquire the skills that they need and also to provide them access to funding and other opportunities to kick start their business idea."

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Dumfries Business Gateway helps young entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to take advantage of free services and advice being offered by the Business Gateway.

Nona Lou's tearoom in Dumfries is owned and run by two aspiring young entrepreneurs.

26-year-old Seonaid Frew and her friend Lindsey Henderson, 26, had always dreamed of running their own tearoom.

They approached business gateway two years ago, and have been living their dream ever since:

"They always say the hardest thing is starting something, and get your business ideas down on paper, so they were able to start a business plan from a basic point, areas that we didn't think to look at. Neither of us had worked in business before so we didn't know all the things you need to look at, the money side or anything like that so yes they helped with the basics."

– Louise Henderson, Owner, Nona Lou's

Their business has been running for two years and is such a success they are looking to expand.

They are currently based at The Old School, and are so happy with the location they are planning to extend into the space next door.

Business Gateway have helped them start their new adventure:

"It's almost like starting again, we're having to do a business plan, we're having to look at funding, we're having to look at you know all the little like the risks with expanding so they just really help us make sure we're following the right steps for that and that we are prepared for that."

– Seonaid Frew, Owner, Nona Lou's

Local businesses told to 'take advantage' of Gateway

The Business Gateway can be found on Buccleuch Street Credit: ITV News Border

Entrepeneurs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to take advantage of free services and advice being offered by the Business Gateway.

A new HR advisor and tax advisor are now at hand to help people deal with some tough business challenges.

The role of the tax advisor is to help educate business owners on how to manage their own finances, saving them a lot of money on accountancy fees.

David Gardiner is the Business Gateway contract manager Credit: ITV News Border

David Gardiner is the Business Gateway contract manager and he says that quite often people are just worried the process will be too complicated or that they will make a mistake.

He said: "The new tax advisor's role is to help support particularly young businesses with regard to setting up the right infrastructure within their business for book keeping so they can undertake self-assessment, be able to do a lot of that themselves."

He continued: "Absolutely take on some professional advice but be able to do the vast part of it themselves and understand it."

Business Gateway offers new free service

Entrepreneurs in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to take advantage of free services and advice being offered by the Business Gateway.

A new HR advisor and tax advisor are now at hand to help people deal with some tough business challenges.

The role of the tax advisor is to help educate business owners on how to manage their own finances, saving them a lot of money on accountancy fees.

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