Business Support

If you’re a business, social enterprise or enterprising community group in the South of Scotland with ambition to grow, or a great idea, SOSE is here to help.

SOSE provides support for people in the south who want to create impact, and help people and communities here to flourish. Support is tailored to your situation, and may include expertise, advice, and funding (grants and loans).

SOSE works in partnership with other organisations, helping each other to tap into resources and knowledge, so that we can all think bigger and unlock the great potential of the south.

SOSE services include coaching, mentoring, sector experts, internal and external specialists, and much more besides. We can signpost any funding (grants and loans) available for your situation, and help you develop your entrepreneurial skills, for greater impact and sustainability.

SOSE also helps to join the dots and link local projects proactively into the bigger strategic picture – regionally, nationally and internationally. Our formal strategic partnerships help us to keep local businesses and community groups well informed, so you can tap into ongoing developments, and amplify your impact.

Communities are at the heart of our economy and we want to empower any community based group or organisation.

This may be supporting you in building capacity within your community, in taking on a local asset, or in developing a social enterprise or community business.

Further information on Community Support.




Let’s Get Sporty Community Trust (left) received £25,000 from us to help with the planning of a new extension at their base at Lochvale House in Dumfries. Read their story here.

Where you can access additional support

Find Business Support is available to help Scottish businesses find the support they need - offering services from across the public sector in the one place. Alternatively, you can contact us directly for more information

We are focussed on helping businesses operate after Brexit and maximising growth opportunities in international markets.

The first port of call for all businesses should be for the latest guidance, support and advice. 

Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub -The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) is managing the official coronavirus information hub for the third sector, which is being constantly updated with information, guidance and resources. The SCVO is also working with funders to identify the main areas where funding is needed.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council offer information and support covering their region. 

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Scottish Borders Council offer information and support covering their region. 

Business Gateway are here to support businesses in the South of Scotland. They also offer support through DigitalBoost where businesses can access grants, free digital consultants, online training and a wide range of support to help their business adapt and change.

Set in the context of Scotland’s Economic Strategy, the ambition is for a South of Scotland which has a skilled workforce, more opportunities for young people and a clear commitment to inclusive growth. SOSE will encourage and promote fair work, offering good conditions of employment and paying higher wages whilst also ensuring that communities are better equipped to play a greater role in the economic, social and environmental success of their area.

In partnership with

Visit Visit ScotlandVisit Scottish EnterpriseVisit Scottish GovernmentVisit Skills Development ScotlandVisit Highlands and Islands EnterpriseVisit Scottish Funding CouncilVisit Scottish Borders Council Visit Dumfries and Galloway Council