MyBusinessID – Business Account for Scotland

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Simply put, MyBusinessID is the Scottish shared account for accessing public sector business websites.

There are 2 main ways to use it.

  1. Use the MyBusinessID as your sites only user account. (Business Gateway currently uses it in this manner)
  2. Use the MyBusinessID as a top level account with local site registration implemented to support any extra requirements. (Scottish Enterprise currently uses it in this manner)


MyBusinessID is owned by the Scottish Government “MyGovScot” project and specific responsibility lies with Ross Young and Robin Bulmer.


It is early days and it is currently implemented on :

  1. Scottish Enterprise
  2. Business Gateway

There are 3 other partner organisations currently involved:

  1. Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  2. Skills Development Scotland
  3. Scottish Government (MyGovScot)

It will eventually be rolled out further but may also be absorbed into the growing MyGovScot Citizen offering.



It is implemented on 2 partner websites and is due to roll out across others when and where appropriate.


Selling customers on the benefit of the MyBusinessID is a tricky balance. It needs to be inserted into any registration process without damaging the overall user experience. Early iterations were quite wordy and diligently gave lots of detail about MyBusinessID and it’s benefits.

Usability testing showed that:

  • Nobody read it.
  • Most people were put off or confused by it.
  • People hate reading large blocks of text

We looked at similar accounts around the world and those that look like they will test well, are all quite simple and “Punchy”. In effect we are looking for a sales pitch.

One example that was uniformly liked was the Australian MyGov Australia (

It has:

  • Clean Design
  • Governmnet Seal
  • No Social Media
  • Bold Statement on what the account does


So we are now testing simpler messaging options. We hope to come up with something that works well quite soon.

One Reply to “MyBusinessID – Business Account for Scotland”

  1. We need to find a way of getting this blog to a wider audience. At the very least everyone in marketing communications should be reading this.

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