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By encouraging an innovative approach to products and services, we'll help Scottish businesses drive global growth and boost competitiveness

We aim to help transform Scotland’s innovation performance to equal the best-performing nations by 2020.

To achieve this, we will adopt a more flexible support method, seeking new delivery models to maximise impact and support the foundations of the innovation process. 

We will:

  • Encourage collaboration between academia and business
  • Help companies use R&D to generate revenue
  • Improve support for entrepreneurial companies
  • Support companies to use innovation to succeed internationally
  • Capitalise on global supply chain opportunities
  • Develop Scotland's low carbon opportunity

These actions will help us to contribute to the Scottish Government's Scotland 'Can Do' Framework, helping to create a more innovative, entrepreneurial nation.


In 2015-2018, we're aiming for:

  • 2,400 - 3,000 supported businesses becoming Innovation Active
  • £500-650m of planned additional R&D investment through Scottish Enterprise assisted projects
  • £700-850m of planned additional turnover from innovation by supported companies
  • £300-360m of planned efficiency improvements by supported companies

Read our business plan update for 2017-2018

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