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The strategic partners we work with

We collaborate with a range of local, national and international strategic partners from industry and the public sector to reach our goals

With our partners, we want to encourage deeper and wider innovation that will ultimately reach a broader range of companies to help boost revenues gained from innovative products and services, especially in international markets.

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.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise website

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.

Skills Development Scotland website

VisitScotland

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.

VisitScotland website

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

Business Gateway website

COSLA website

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.

Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council website