Scottish Investment Bank

The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) is Scottish Enterprise’s investment arm.

What we do

We help companies to identify appropriate sources of finance, engage with funders and secure the investment they need to grow their business.

We work closely with our portfolio companies to strengthen their management teams, make connections and accelerate growth.

Our work also involves aiming to increase the supply of finance for businesses in Scotland. We want to help Scottish SMEs with growth and export potential to get this finance.

Apart from supporting Scottish businesses, we also work with UK and international investors. This includes working with business angels, angel syndicates, venture capital groups and corporate investors.

We operate across Scotland in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Because our work supports and stimulates the SME funding market in Scotland, what we do supports the delivery of the Scottish Enterprise business plan.

Kerry Sharp, Director of Scottish Investment Bank (SIB)

Scottish Investment Bank Annual Review

"I'm delighted that the 2017-18 Annual Review demonstrates the continued importance of the role of the Scottish Investment Bank in Scotland’s early-stage risk capital market, supporting more companies than ever before to secure growth funding, and unlocking a growing number of companies raising larger levels of investment." - Kerry Sharp, Director of the Scottish Investment Bank

Support for raising finance

We not only support companies to prepare to raise and access the most appropriate type of finance. We also support our investee companies on an ongoing basis through portfolio management.

Know your options 

Whether you're thinking about getting a loan, grant or raising equity, you will need to prepare your business to have the best chances of applying successfully for funding.

For growing companies, we have a team of experienced specialists who can:

  • Guide you through the complexities of different finance options
  • Help you find the most appropriate funding package

Pitch for success

We also help you to:

  • Increase your chances of securing the most appropriate package of finance for your needs
  • Gain access to relevant public sector support
  • Make your business ready to apply for funding

We've produced a series of guides on the different types of finance that could be used to fund your business. The guides also cover what you need to do before making finance applications.

Read more about accessing finance

Jan Robertson, Scottish Enterprise

Market intelligence

One of our roles is to improve the understanding of Scotland's risk finance market. Our market intelligence work aims to provide companies and investors with market evidence as they plan for the future. This involves looking into the supply and demand for risk-based growth finance.

We look at Scotland’s finance market in areas that include:

  • Year-to-year changes in deal sizes
  • Sector investment
  • Company growth stages
  • Who has been investing into Scotland’s growth companies
  • We also keep up-to-date with global and UK regional trends 

Our 2016 market report is available as an example of our work. In 2016 Scotland’s risk capital market saw the highest number of investment deals on record. The 285 deals over the course of 2016 was an increase of over 30% on the year before, and an increase of 40% on the five year average from 2011 to 2015.

Read the 2016 market report (PDF, 1MB)

Becoming a partner

Would you like to become an accredited investment partner?

Investing in business

UK and international investors we work with include, business angels, angel syndicates, venture capital groups and corporate investors.