Qualifications boost for Borders business support

Three advisers at Business Gateway Scottish Borders have expanded their knowledge by completing a three-year full-time business degree in just 11 months.

Manager Phil McCreadie, growth advisor Sandra Campbell and business adviser Lyn Galloway successfully juggled studying for a BA in business and enterprise with full-time work.

The trio, who were able to use local businesses as cases studies to test the theories taught, each achieved a distinction from Napier University and will officially graduate in July.

Mr McCreadie said: “Each member of our team has attained the Premier Adviser qualification, which is a Diploma in Business Advice and Counselling and is the standard qualification required by all public sector business advisers. The next step is to complete the degree which we did as distance learning in a third of the time it normally takes.

“Collectively Sandra, Lyn and I have 14 years’ experience working within Business Gateway and we each felt the degree would expand our knowledge and help us keep abreast of the latest business theories and tools which ultimately will benefit local businesses that engage with our services.”

Business Gateway Scottish Borders was established in 2001 to help support individuals and businesses with quality, practical advice, guidance and information. It provides access to a range of publicly-funded business support services.