Setting up a Business in Aberdeen

Aberdeen is a wealthy, cosmopolitan city with a strong business focus. It is also extremely competitive, can be seen as traditional, and tends towards ‘who you know’ rather than ‘what you know’.

So if you are considering setting up a new business in Aberdeen, or growing an existing one, there are a few organisations you need to make yourself familiar with in order to improve your chances of success.

Advice and Training

- Enterprise North East Trust - ENET delivers a complete range of business services in Aberdeen City & Shire. ENET offers a wide range of training courses focussed on Starting a New Business and also offers fully-funded support to businesses through Business Gateway.

- Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce  is North-east Scotland's leading private sector, member-focused, business organisation. AGCC is committed to the development of skills and learning in Aberdeen and the North-East and offers a wide range of courses to help all organisations, large and small, to enhance their skills.

- Federation of Small Business  is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

There are four branches in FSB Aberdeen City & Shire. All four branches have a joint strategy and are committed to working together. FSB events are open to all FSB members within the area.


No matter where you are setting up your business networking is important, but in Aberdeen it is absolutely essential! Here are the networking organisations you need to check out:

- Aberdeen Business Network - ABN runs various types of networking events throughout the year in different formats. Some events include ‘Connectors’ who will ensure that you can meet specific people whilst other events are structured so that you will meet everyone in the room! is Aberdeen's Online Business Community with almost 4000 members who contribute regulalry to its vibrant and FREE online forum.

- Business Network Scotland  - BNS events bring together decision makers from a wide range of sectors who wish to promote their business and to expand their network of service providers.

Attendance is restricted to decision makers who have both a buying and selling authority so the quality of the delegates is guaranteed. The events are structured but informal with an aim of creating an ideal environment for constructive and enjoyable networking.

- Aberdeen Young Professionals - Aberdeen Young Professionals is a networking group with over 3000 members aimed at young professionals who either work or are based in the Aberdeen area. Regular events allow members to network with like minded individuals and make new connections. Membership is free.

News and Events

- Aberdeen Business News  is a free to access website dedicated to publishing business news, features, blogs and business profiles for Aberdeen City and Shire. Keep up to date with what is happening in the Aberdeen business world by subscribing (free) to the daily Headline Alert.


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