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How we collect personal information

We collect personal information using different types of methods and sources. We have grouped these together as follows:

Direct interactions

We collect personal information directly from you. For example, when you use our website, apply for our products and services for you or on behalf of your company or employer, create an account on our website, use our e-learning platform, request marketing to be sent to you, complete a survey or provide feedback, or you are a GlobalScot, Non-executive director of one of our portfolio companies or a panel member involved in evaluating applications.

Employer or company

We collect personal information from your employer or a company you work with. For example, if your personal information is included as part of the application for funding or support, or in a bid to supply services to us; or as evidence in support of a claim for grant funding.

Public sector partners

We collect personal information where you or your company has engaged with our public sector partners and as part of the public sector partners’ and our public functions, and this has been shared with us.

Read more about who our public sector partners are 

Customer relationship management (CRM) partners

We collect your personal information where any of our partners to the CRM Partnership have input your details to the shared customer relationship management system.

Find out more about the CRM Partnership 

Third party sources/publicly available sources

We may receive personal information about you from various third party sources. This may include where we have subscribed to a database, or have been provided with information from an interested third party, such as an investor. It may also come from a publicly available source (e.g. Companies House or press) or is available through social media (e.g. LinkedIn). 

Databases and services we use

Scottish Enterprise subscribes to the following databases and services:

  • AM:PM Hotels (Hotel Market Barometer)
  • ArcGIS StoryMaps
  • ASVA monthly visitor statistics
  • Bank of Scotland Trade Portal
  • Beauhurst
  • British Meetings & Events Industry Survey (BMEIS)
  • California/Scotland tech news tracking
  • CB Insights
  • CoStar
  • Croner-i
  • Cycles, Trends and Forecasts
  • Delta-EE
  • Directors Club
  • Drapers Record
  • Economist
  • e-consultancy
  • Energy Voice
  • Equifax
  • Euromonitor
  • fDi Benchmark
  • fDi Markets
  • Financial Times (FT)
  • Fintech
  • Forbes
  • FPAL
  • Frontier Tech Investor
  • Frost and Sullivan
  • Gazelle
  • GDP Global IPA Benchmarking 
  • Global Sourcing Association
  • GlobalData
  • IBISWorld UK and International
  • Institution of Engineering & Technology
  • Insurance Post
  • International Association of Outsourcing Professionals ( IAOP)
  • Kompass
  • L+CS key company social listening - Talkwalker
  • LinkedIn Sales Navigator
  • LinkedIn Talent Insights
  • Mark2Market
  • MEED
  • Mintel
  • MoneyWeek
  • Newsbase
  • Nova Loca
  • OCO Velocity
  • Orbis
  • Piktochart
  • PitchBook
  • Property Week
  • ProQuest
  • Recharge
  • Scottish Financial Enterprise
  • Spikes Cavell Hub
  • SSON (Shared Services & Outsourcing Network) Analytics
  • Statista
  • STR Global stats
  • Technavio
  • The Caterer
  • TheCityUK
  • The Conference Board
  • The Grocer
  • The Herald
  • The Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD)
  • The Press and Journal
  • The Scotsman
  • Top Hotel Projects   
  • UN Trade Statistics Database
  • Undercurrent News
  • Venngage
  • WAVTEQ FDI Professionals
  • Webinar Research
  • WGSN
  • Young Company Finance
  • Zephyr


We collect your personal information where we have procured a supplier to deliver a service on our behalf. Such suppliers will be under contractual obligations to process your personal information in compliance with Data Protection Laws.