Training & Business Advice

Links to organisations  offering Training and Business Advice to the Creative Sector.

You can also contact Mary Morrison at CABN for advice, signposting, and information  or phone 01750 726400 or 07789 944993.


For details of any current professional development events CABN is hosting please visit our News & Events page. To search support and events provided by other organisations, follow the links below.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway provides practical help, advice and support for new and growing businesses in Scotland.

For the latest diary of events in the Scottish Borders visit their website. You can also follow Business Gateway Scottish Borders on Twitter.

The Scottish Borders office of Business Gateway is located at:

Tower Mill

Tel: 01835 818406
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Capacity Building Programme - Culture and Heritage

Programme 1 - 20th January to 10th March 2017
Programme 2 - 21st April to 9th June 2017

PLEASE NOTE – Programmes 1 & 2 are now FULLY BOOKED, but due to demand, we intend to run a further Programme 3 in the autumn.Please email Kay McCluskey  if you are interested in Programme 3.

We are delighted to announce a new training and support programme for organisations and individuals in the Scottish Borders, aimed at enhancing skill sets and encouraging ambition.

The Capacity Building Programme – Culture and Heritage, is a key element of the Place Partnership plan developed by Creative Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Live Borders. Place Partnership in the Borders is about supporting and strengthening the creative industries, artistic practices and cultural sector - making the sector more sustainable.

The Capacity Building Programme will run twice in 2017, over 8 week blocks, with the first Programme starting on January 20th 2017.  The weekly sessions are 3 hours long, apart from one of the sessions (Introduction to Sponsorship), which is a whole day.

For more detailed information on the programme – please download pdf ‘Capacity Building Programme – Culture and Heritage Scottish Borders’.

The Programme will cover:  Business Planning, Finance, Marketing, Sponsorship and The Role of the Board in Fundraising.  It will also be a great networking opportunity - sharing and exchanging knowledge with other individuals and organisations within the cultural and heritage sector through the programme.

The  Programme is open by application to individuals and organisations working in the culture/heritage sectors based in the Borders, the objectives being to:

  •  Enhance individual and organisational skills sets; and
  • Encourage ambition so that participants are better placed to develop, and grow, their practices and businesses in a sustainable way in the context of a challenging climate for public funding and new and emerging ways of working across artforms and sectors.

The programme is free, and will be delivered by Business Gateway and Arts & Business Scotland.

Deadlines for booking:
Programme 1 (runs 20th January to 10th March) – deadline for applications 5pm, Monday 9th January 2017  FULLY BOOKED
Programme 2 (runs 21st April-Friday 9th June) – deadline for applications 5pm, Monday 27th February 2017  FULLY BOOKED

Cultural Enterprise Office

The Cultural Enterprise Office support Scotland’s creative businesses – it’s as simple as that. They offer free, sector-specific information and advice to those starting, running and growing their creative business or practice.

Their services help creative micro-businesses and individuals build the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. They do this by providing specialist information and advice, as well as training and networking opportunities. Whether your ambitions lie in the commercial or not-for-profit sectors, they can offer support to you at any stage. 

As well as events and training, they have a number of very useful resources on their website.

The Cultural Enterprise Office complement Business Gateway, Youth Business Scotland and other business support providers with our specific support for the creative industries.

To be kept up to date subscribe to their monthly newsletter or call 0333 999 7989.

Prince’s Trust

Getting help from The Prince’s Trust Scotland

The Prince's Trust Scotland offers a wide range of services to help young people (aged 16-30 years) to set up and run their own business. This includes grants, loans, help, advice and support everything from business planning to access to business competitions.

Local Borders contact is Tara Bolland:
Tel: 01750 505018
Mob: 07774 014933


You can get full details of the help available on the The Prince’s Trust website

Scottish Borders Exporters Association

The Exporters Association gives the experienced exporter up to date information on export developments, exporting techniques, and information on exporting activities. For those companies new to exporting, it allows them to learn from companies with ‘hands on’ experience as well as giving access to vital information on help available, export market research, financing exporting, movement of goods, joint ventures, etc.

Membership of the Exporters Association is open to all companies regardless of size, or industry sector. Regular meetings, workshops, and seminars on specific export topics and countries are organised for members, who also receive through the Association’s web-site news stories about members activities and successes overseas, plus information on current developments and opportunities.

The current programme of events is available to view on the SBEA website.

Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce

The Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce  is one of 26 in the Scottish Chamber network. Their job is to inform and facilitate sharing of information to help members’ businesses flourish. Networking also plays a major part in as do  member2member business relationships – including collaboration with neighbouring Chambers.

They represent the interests of their members to all levels of government. Businesses of all sizes are welcomed and they encourage business cooperation through networking events and by publicising local and national business events run by others.

Members meet up on the last Friday of each month for lunch, a guest speaker and a bit of business “networking”.  You can also sign up for their regular e-bulletin.

For more information please visit the website.

Scottish Borders Young Professionals

Scottish Borders Young Professionals (SBYP) aims to provide a central hub for social opportunities for all young professionals who live and work in the Scottish Borders.

Developing a network of contacts is crucial for any career, but even more so for those at the start of their career path. While senior professionals may have already established their own network and  regularly attend business functions, SBYP believe that no similar platform exists for more junior professionals beginning their careers in the Scottish Borders and want to enable young professionals to make these connections and contribute to a thriving local economy for years to come. 

Please visit the website for more information.