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Business Information, Advice and Funding

Business Seminars

East Lothian Council Economic Development

Better Business Seminars - Oct/Nov 2017

REHIS Food Hygiene

Date: Tues 31st October 2017

Time: 9am - 4pm (lunch break not catered)

Venue: Musselburgh East Community Learning Centre, Musselburgh

Cost: £35pp

We are offering the opportunity to East Lothian Businesses to attend this course at a subsidised cost.  This is a full day accreditation course with a 30 minute multiple choice exam at the end to provide the appropriate hygiene certification.

To Book

Emergency First Aid at Work

Date: Tues 7th November

Time: 9am-3.30pm

Venue: ELC Outdoor Learning Service, Musselburgh Racecourse Complex, Balcarres Road, Musselburgh, EH21 7SR

Cost: £45pp

We are offering the opportunity to East Lothian Businesses to attend this course at a subsidised cost.  The Basic First Aid course is designed to train individuals and company staff that require appointed person training in basic first aid skills and require training in the management of specific illnesses and injuries.

To Book

Only open to East Lothian based businesses.  Limited places per business.  To book on any of these seminars, please click the link as above for the chosen seminar.  If you have any question, please contact Economic Development on 01620 827282 or email economicdevelopment@eastlothian.gov.uk

East Lothian Council now also deliver the accredited IOSH Managing Safely, Managing Safely Refreshers and IOSH Working Safely courses throughout the year.  For information on costs and to book a place, please contact 01620 827182 or email H&S@eastlothian.gov.uk


In addition to the above, there are also many Business Gateway workshops running in East Lothian over the coming weeks, such as:

  • Start Up - Marketing
  • Start Up - Planning
  • Start Up - Finance
  • Bookkeeping
  • Improve Your Search Engine Raning
  • Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Intermediate Social Media
  • Importance of Branding and IPR 

Go to www.bgateway.com/events to book onto any of these.


Shop Doctor

Following on from the previous two successful programmes, we are running another 'Shop Doctor' initiative.  The programme is run by Let's Talk Shop and consists of:

  • An evening retail master class including delegate participation of the challenges facing the retail sector
  • One-to-one shop visits identifying issues to revitalise the business, with an individual shop report proposing solutions identified during the one-to-one consultations
  • Follow up meetings after 6 months
  • To aid in the implementation of solutions, a grant of £500 will be available



We also have specialist support available for packaging with industry experts, Packology.  Open to all types of businesses in East Lothian, Packology can offer advice and practical help with all aspects of the packaging chain.


East Lothian Council, John Muir House Brewery Park Haddington East Lothian EH41 3HA.