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The Business and Skills service provides a range of support and advice for local businesses from those starting out to social enterprises and successful international organisations.

Skills and employment

Aberdeen City Council's Employability, Skills and Community Enterprise service supports individuals, local businesses, and community based enterprises to create the conditions for sustainable economic growth by supporting and retaining a diverse range of skilled jobs and high value businesses in the city. The team works in three key areas: employability, skills and community enterprise.

For further information, please contact Matt Lockley, Business and Skills Manager at

Business seminars

We regularly host lunchtime sessions to cover topical subjects which support businesses to realise their full potential by embracing emerging opportunities. These free seminars cover a diverse range of topics to support the local economy to flourish. You can see the presentations from these seminars in the Related documents section below.  Please contact Alison Simpson on for more details or if you are interested in hosting a session.

Land and property

Find information on property for sale or lease and asset management from Property Services. For general enquiries about land and property for business, please contact Andrew Stephen at

Business start up

Aberdeen City Council's Business Start-Up support is delivered on behalf of Elevator through Business Gateway.

For all business start-up enquiries, please visit Business Gateway for more details or call them on 01224 946539 to make an appointment with a Business Adviser.

Business finance

Aberdeen City Council is a member of Business Loans Scotland, a consortium of Scotland's 32 local authorities, offering loan finance to new and growing small and medium sized businesses (SMEs).

  • Business Loans Scotland offers gap funding up to a maximum of £100,000 to SMEs where public sector funding (including Business Loans Scotland's contribution), would not exceed 50 percent of the total funding package.
  • Loans are available to all eligible businesses who meet the set criteria whilst also demonstrating their commercial viability and who have experienced difficulty in raising all of the required funding from the usual sources.
  • Businesses from a range of sectors (including manufacturing, construction, transport and distribution, tourism and tourism infrastructure and software), are eligible to apply for support and loans may be used for working capital, purchase of plant and equipment and for the purchase of business property.
  • Typically the interest rate will be 6 percent however this may be higher depending upon the level of risk. For start-up businesses which evidence higher risks in terms of viability and /or collateral the rate applied may be higher.
  • The loan conditions are standard for all businesses. Security will be taken where appropriate. The maximum repayment period is 5 years and capital holidays up to 3 months may be considered.
  • Ends December 2018

Please refer to Business Loans Scotland for further information or contact Andrew Stephen at

International trade and investment

Aberdeen City Council International Trade and Investment team support the Aberdeen business community by maintaining a portfolio of close business relationships with government, economic development agencies and industry bodies. The team is located in Marischal College and is here to help you find the advice and information you need to get your business involved in international trade activities or exploit further international trade opportunities for those already exporting. Through partnerships with organisations such as United Kingdom Trade and Investment (UKTI) and Scottish Development International (SDI) the International Trade and Investment team can provide assistance to businesses which includes:

  • Promotion of overseas business opportunities
  • Workshops and courses to prepare companies to undertake international trade
  • Overseas missions and learning journeys
  • Hosting inward trade missions
  • Seminars and trade clinics
  • Local export networking opportunities
  • Company specific market research
  • Published market information

Find out more at International Trade

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