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A Stornoway consulting firm has recommended Business Gateway after they received support and funding to launch their business late last year.

Muirneag Consulting offers consultancy services on fuel poverty and other domestic property issues and is run by Iain ‘Dan’ Morrison and Stewart Wilson.

Though well-versed in the sector and a skill set encompassing project management, communications, and government lobbying, the duo sought help from Business Gateway before launching their fledgling business in October 2022.

Iain Morrison, Director, Muirneag Consulting Ltd, said: “Business Gateway has been a fantastic support in helping us set up our business. The practical guidance was so helpful when it came to crafting our business plan, and the funding has been critical for our business operations. I’d recommend anyone looking to start their own business to approach Business Gateway.”

Derek Maclean, Business Gateway adviser, added: “We supported Iain and Stewart through Business Gateway’s start-up services, which have helped get Muirneag Consulting Ltd off the ground. It’s really rewarding to have supported a business that helps individuals facing the challenges of poor efficient buildings and rising energy bills.”

After assessing the consultancy’s growth potential, Business Gateway secured funding to purchase the necessary equipment to improve Muirneag Consulting’s service offering and increase its capacity to take on new clients.

In addition to funding and adviser guidance, Business Gateway identified how the business could improve its digital presence, from website design to social media marketing and search engine optimisation, and stay competitive within its industry.

Since launching Muirneag Consulting Ltd, the business has secured a contract tender with Point and Sandwick Trust (PST), focusing on tackling energy poverty in the Point and Sandwick area.