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How our research service can help your business respond to COVID-19

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How our research service can help your business respond to COVID-19

At this time of unprecedented change, it can be difficult to understand what’s happening with your business sector, competitors and customers. Emily Wilson, Research Team Leader at Scottish Enterprise, explains how our research service has a range of tools to help build your plans for recovery.

We have access to a range of tools and analysis that can help you make sense of this fast-changing world. We’re compiling valuable, practical insights on what’s happening within post COVID-19 markets, seeing trends and forecasting what the future is likely to hold.

Emily Wilson, Research Team Leader, Scottish Enterprise

Emily Wilson, Research Team Leader, Scottish Enterprise

Base your recovery plans on solid evidence

Every business has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The scale of business disruption and economic shock is hard to comprehend. But, amongst the devastation, we are seeing some encouraging signs.

We see companies diversifying and being innovative. We see them adapting their products to new markets and finding new ways to reach customers.

The pandemic has badly affected some supply chains and that’s created a trend for companies to turn to local suppliers. This means more opportunities for Scottish manufacturers and potentially a greener, more sustainable economy.

Your business can't control external forces like the pandemic, lockdown or Brexit. You can, however, control your response. It’s critical that businesses review and act now based on sound evidence.

What is our research service?

The research service exists to give Scottish companies access to market and company intelligence that would otherwise be too expensive, too time-consuming or too difficult to source. Our role is to understand your challenges, and ensure you have the right information to make well informed decisions.

At this time of unprecedented change and upheaval it’s particularly challenging to understand what’s happening with your sector, your competitors and customers. We have access to a range of tools and analysis that can help you make sense of this fast-changing world. Already we’re compiling valuable, practical insights on what’s happening within post COVID-19 markets, seeing trends and forecasting what the future is likely to hold.

We don’t make decisions for you – you know your business best – but we can help you base your plans on solid evidence. This is critical when reviewing your strategy, undertaking diligence, building the case for investment or pitching for new business.

What support can we offer your business?

Robust research is critical at every stage of business development, but never more so than now as we find our way through the challenges posed by COVID-19.

You can contact the team for: 

  • Help finding new suppliers and customers
  • The latest research on post-pandemic growth opportunities 
  • Reports on short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on industries across the globe 
  • Insights on changing customer preferences and behaviours 
  • Help conducting diligence on potential suppliers, partners and commercial customers

How we’re adapting our support

Our support has always been available at the end of the phone and we often share our research results via email. We now also offer one to one video calls. This allows us to share screens and show you first-hand the tools and resource we use. We can build the search together, ensuring best possible results that meet your needs.

We’ve also recently developed our online supply chain directory to include PPE and related products that are currently in high demand, helping companies quickly find the products they need.

Next steps 

Contact our team to find out more

Get in touch with our research service to discuss the market, competitor and customer research you need to build your plans for recovery