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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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Securing growth capital is critical to the success of our businesses. SIB aims to 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 Review 2015 - 2016

Looking for investment?

If you're looking for investment for your company, visit the 'Attract investment' section to find a list of our services.

Attract investment 

Financial readiness support

Our dedicated team of experienced ‘financial readiness’ specialists work 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

Our financial readiness support

Scotland's risk capital market

In December 2015 we published a report which demonstrated that risk capital in Scotland rose by 20% in 2014 to £244 million. 

This represents a five-year growth of 90 per cent and is approaching the highest ever level of £250 million since 2001, when Scottish Enterprise first undertook this analysis.

Read the report on the Evaluations Online website

Investing in businesses

Our funds co-invest into Scottish small to medium businesses with high growth potential. We do this alongside private sector investors in an innovative shared risk model, on equal terms. Investments start from £10,000, with total deal sizes of up £10 million.


Scottish Co-investment Fund

The Scottish Co-investment Fund is designed to address finance gaps alongside accredited co-investment partners. Investment decision is made by accredited partner.

  • It is available for start up, early stage and expanding businesses
  • We can provide £10,000 to £1.5 million for equity finance deals, matching up to 50%
  • Total deal value from £20,000 up to £10 million

Scottish Venture Fund

The Scottish Venture Fund is a flexible equity gap fund investing alongside private sector investors.

  • Available for start up, early stage and expanding businesses
  • Investment decision made by SIB
  • We can provide £10,000 to £2 million for equity and venture debt finance deals, matching up to 50%
  • Total deal value from £20,000 up to £10 million

Scottish Recycling Fund

Loan finance to improve waste recycling capacity (delivered in partnership with Zero Waste Scotland)

Scottish Loan Fund

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.

Epidarex Capital website

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

LendingCrowd website

We've also provided funding into LendingCrowd, Scotland’s leading innovative peer-to-peer lending platform providing loans to SMEs. 

Become a Co-investment partner

We're currently looking for applications from a wide range of investors who'd like to be considered for accredited partnership status of the Scottish Co-investment Fund.

More information on becoming a partner

Our investee companies

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.

Investing in Scotland's renewables industry (REIF)

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.

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

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