From space asteroid mining and artisan bacon production to the renovation of a gin distillery, companies across Scotland are benefitting from the specialist advice provided by Business Gateway. The national business advice service recently launched its Missing Pieces campaign to further increase the number of businesses it helps to achieve their potential and contribute to the growth of the Scottish economy.

In 2018, Business Gateway supported 3,000 SMEs looking to scale up, as well as providing crucial specialist knowledge that saw over 9,000 new businesses successfully start up.

Central to helping businesses succeed has been Business Gateway’s ability to listen, then identify the required support and make the right connections. Key areas include making better use of digital technology, exploring new markets, innovation and access to finance.

Glasgow-based Asteroid Mining Corporation along with Aberdeenshire artisan bacon curers, Piggery Smokery, and Jura’s Lussa Gin are among the many businesses to make the most of the service.

Asteroid Mining Corporation founder, Mitch Hunter-Scullion, is looking to scale up his business developing satellites capable of detecting and identifying platinum-group metal deposits on asteroids.

He said: “We are entering our most exciting year yet but we wouldn’t be where we are now without Business Gateway’s support. They are extremely supportive, vibrant and responsive, and make Scotland a very attractive place to do business.”

Hugh Lightbody, chief officer at Business Gateway, said: ’By connecting with us businesses can be given support across a wide range of business issues. In addition to our network of experienced business advisers Business Gateway offers an extensive online resource and access to a host of premium research sources via our Business Information Service.”