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As Scotland’s main economic development agency, we help Scottish companies to innovate, grow and reach new markets – both at home and abroad.

How Scottish Enterprise supports Scottish businesses

We support companies of all sizes across Scotland’s business community, through all stages of business development.

From export advice and finding global market opportunities to guidance on licensing, product development, funding, leadership training and making the most of your people, our experts have it covered.

Our connections are far-reaching. We can plug you into our influential business networks, providing access to academia, trade bodies and international business organisations. So, you’re in good company.

Companies that scale up are the beating heart of our economy. Scottish Enterprise, along with our partners and stakeholders, can help companies realise their scaling ambition.

Bob Keiller, chairman, Scottish Enterprise

By sharing our expertise and connections we'll encourage and support your business to exceed its goals, helping your business take the steps you need to grow.

We can support your business in many ways:

Business development and advice

Growing a business isn’t always easy and you may be wondering who to turn to for the right support. Our team of specialist advisers can help you to take the next step with confidence. 

From overcoming day-to-day business challenges and having someone to bounce ideas off to exploring new markets and scaling up your business, we can help. 

The more you tell us about where you are now, what you hope to achieve and what your challenges are, the better the advice and support we can offer.

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People, place and practice

Berwickshire Housing Association benefiting from our workplace innovation support
Berwickshire Housing Association discovering new ways of working with support from an innovation consultant

Looking to lead your team to greater success? Want to better engage and empower your workforce to foster greater innovation and productivity? Or make your business more efficient to stay competitive? We can help. Access our expertise, training and funding support.

Improve efficiency, productivity and profit

Product or service development

Want to develop a product or service to make your business more competitive and profitable? 

Connect with our experts to avoid potential pitfalls and overcome challenges – from choosing the right business model and securing your intellectual assets to accessing grants, networks and digital solutions to harnessing big data and ecommerce.

Enhance and develop new products or services

Export and international markets

Scottish Enterprise international market research team - Lisa Ramsay and Emily Wilson
Our free international market research service could be your greatest asset. Meet Emily and Lisa.
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International trade is essential for any size of business to grow. Get the know-how and confidence to export your product or service into overseas markets with our support. 

If your product or service is performing well at home, then there’s likely to be demand for it outside the UK. The decision to grow your company in international markets should be part of your plans. Make it a priority. 

Doing business in new and unfamiliar markets might seem daunting at first, but there's plenty of support from our teams in Scotland and our offices worldwide – whenever and wherever you need it most.

Get ready to enter new markets

We make a difference

In 2016-17:

  • We supported 6.2k businesses
  • £64m in funding was distributed
  • 7.8k jobs created for Scotland

Funding and grants

From start-ups to well-established companies, large and small, we’ve got funding options that will elevate your business. 

Starting a business? First up, you’ll need an up-to-date business plan outlining your growth potential and business needs. If you don’t have one, Business Gateway can help you with this.

How to prepare a business plan - go to Business Gateway

Growing your business? At this stage, you should already have an up-to-date business plan. Start to think about what finances you already have in place to grow your business. Can you make them work better for you? 

Before seeking outside funding, it’s good to weigh-up your options at the outset. But, remember it’s not just about the money. Support and advice can go a long way. Our advisers will be happy to chat over your plans and help answer your questions.

Explore your finance options

Training and networking

Supporting Scottish companies at Offshore Europe
We can help your company get in front of international buyers at major trade shows

Our extensive programme of events offers the ideal platform to explore opportunities, network, conduct market research, and listen to business leaders. And if you’re looking to attend events further afield, we can often help with the costs. 

As well as one-to-one insight from our advisers, we provide skills training workshops and masterclasses to help you learn from business mentors.

Search and book events

Ask for our support - it'll be time well spent

Whether you're looking for advice on how to grow your company or you'd like to find out more about our services, our helpline 0300 013 3385 is open for business, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

Alternatively, you can fill out our short enquiry form and we’ll be in touch. 

The more you tell us about where you are now, what you hope to achieve and what your challenges are, the better the advice and support we can offer.

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