We are committed to strong partnership working with others to achieve greater economic impact. We work with a wide range of local, national and international partners.
The Scottish Government
We support the Scottish Government in delivering its Economic Strategy for Scotland. The strategy focuses on six Strategic Priorities which will drive sustainable economic growth and develop a more resilient and adaptable economy.
The Government's economic strategy
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
The economic development of the Highland and Islands region is promoted by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). HIE is an agency of the Scottish Government and works with private businesses, voluntary organisations and public bodies to further improve the economy and quality of life in the region. We work closely with HIE to deliver a range of business support services.
Skills Development Scotland
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is responsible for the delivery of careers, skills and training services in Scotland. They play a central role in raising employment levels and productivity and are fundamental to ensuring Scotland's businesses have the capability to compete successfully now and in the future. Working closely with SDS means that we can support businesses to address skills and training issues to grow their business and help them manage change.
VisitScotland, the national tourism organisation for Scotland, has as its main aim to contribute significantly to the advancement of Scottish tourism by giving it a real presence in the global marketplace and benefiting the whole of Scotland. Working with VisitScotland we can jointly promoting Scotland as a place to live, work and learn. This is essential to our work to attract and retain investment and grow our businesses.
Local Authorities and Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
Local authorities take the lead role in delivering Business Gateway products to businesses. We are active members of local community planning partnerships and other local economic development groups and also work with individual local authorities on strategic infrastructure projects to help improve the business environment. These include:
- Energetica in the North East
- the Bio-quarter in Edinburgh
- Dundee Central Waterfront
- International Financial Services District in Glasgow.
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Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 43 colleges and 20 universities and higher education institutions. We work closely with the Council to agree strategic policy direction and alignment to maximise our joint efforts and economic impact.