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The Scottish Investment Bank

Our investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), operates across Scotland in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise

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Encouraging investment into Scottish companies with global ambitions

Securing growth capital is critical to the success of our businesses. SIB exists to help increase the supply of finance, and to help more Scottish SMEs with growth and export potential access it.

Our activities support the delivery of the wider Scottish Enterprise business plan by stimulating the SME funding market in Scotland. We work with both Scottish SMEs and UK and international investors to stimulate deal flow in Scotland.

Scotland’s latest Risk Capital Report 

SIB annual reviews

Working with companies

Our dedicated team of experienced ‘financial readiness’ specialists works with growth-oriented companies to help them:

  • Articulate their funding requirements
  • Develop their investment propositions
  • Increase their chances of securing the most appropriate package of finance for their needs

Financial readiness support

Co-investing in companies

We manage a suite of funds, through which we co-invest in SMEs. We do this alongside private partners in an innovative, shared risk model. Investments range from seed deals through to total deal sizes of up to £10 million.

  • Scottish Seed Fund
    £20,000 - £250,000 for ambitious young companies
  • Scottish Co-investment Fund
    £100,000 - £1 million for early stage SMEs (partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund)
  • Scottish Venture Fund
    £500,000 - £1 million for SMEs at development and expansion stages (partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund)
  • Scottish Recycling Fund
    Loan finance to improve waste recycling capacity (delivered in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland)

We're the cornerstone investor in the privately-managed Scottish Loan Fund, which provides flexible, mezzanine loans of £250,000 - £5 million to growing SMEs.

Scottish Loan Fund

We're also an investor in Epidarex Capital’s fund for early stage, high growth, life science and health technology companies.

Epidarex Capital website

Managing our investments

We have one of the largest portfolios in Scotland. We work intensively with our investee companies, adding value through dedicated portfolio managers, who support companies’ ongoing development and finance needs. In particular, we can facilitate access to wider Scottish Enterprise products and services.

Our current portfolio of companies

Investing in Scotland's renewables industry

We deliver the £103 million Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) on behalf of the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies. REIF promotes the use of energy from renewable sources and drives further investment into key areas of Scotland’s renewables industry, such as marine energy, community owned renewable initiatives, and renewable energy district heating.

Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF)

Working with investors

We work with private investors from around the world, including business angels, angel syndicates, venture capital groups and corporate investors.

In particular, we are very well connected with Scotland’s globally recognised Business Angel network, facilitated by our links with LINC Scotland, Scotland’s world leading angel network.

Scottish Co-Investment Fund partners

Scottish Venture Fund partners

We're always looking to recruit new co-investors to our funds and we'd be pleased to talk to anyone interested in investing in Scotland’s brightest growth and export prospects.

Get in touch to discuss any aspect of SIB's activities