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Business Gateway

Business Gateway Orkney is run by and works closely with the Economic Development team at Orkney Islands Council. They offer a variety of initiatives which provide support for new and existing businesses in Orkney. These include the following:

New Business Start Up Grant

A business start-up grant of up to £1,500 is available to eligible new businesses in Orkney, which can be used to buy capital equipment, towards marketing costs, or towards other start-up costs such as training. The grant programme is funded by Orkney Islands Council.

For further information call the Orkney Business Gateway office on 01856 886666 or visit the Orkney Islands Council website.

Download a pdf file of the New Business Start Up guidelines

Flexible Business Development Grant

A grant is available to eligible existing businesses to help them achieve their development and growth ambitions. Assistance of up to 50 percent is available, up to a maximum of £5,000 and can be used to buy capital equipment, towards marketing costs or towards other development costs such as training. The grant programme is funded by Orkney Islands Council.

For further information call the Orkney Business Gateway office on 01856 886666 or visit the Orkney Islands Council website.

Download a pdf file of the Flexible Business Development Grant (draft) guidelines

Council Funding

Financial assistance may be available to businesses through the Reserve Fund towards the construction of new buildings, for improvement of existing buildings and towards machinery and equipment. Assistance may also be available towards placing graduates into businesses. Eligibility criteria and conditions apply.

For further information call the Orkney Business Gateway office on 01856 886666 or visit the Orkney Islands Council website.

Orkney Business Directory

A free interactive online business directory is available through the Orkney.com website. Visit the Business Directory page on the Orkney Islands Council website or call 01856 888710 for more information.

Small Business Bonus Scheme

Offers reduced non-domestic rates on qualifying business premises. The Orkney Islands Council has information on Business Rates reductions. You can also call Orkney Islands Council on 01856 873535 for more information.

Business Property Portfolio

The Estates Department hold details of all Orkney Islands Council properties that are for sale or rent. For more information call 01856 873535.

Licences, Permits and Permissions

Find out if you need a licence for your business and how to apply. A list of the types of activities requiring a licence and details of how to apply are available on the Orkney Islands Council website.

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