Who we work with

Scottish Investment Bank

Our investment arm

We can help your business find sources of finance, engage with funders and secure the investment you need to grow your business. Whether you're thinking about getting a loan, a grant or raising equity, we can help prepare your business to increase your chances of applying successfully.

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)

How we can help

Watch our video on how we can help your business.

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.

Find out about companies we've supported

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

How we helped Talking Medicines secure co-investment funding

Find out how our support helped Talking Medicines, a Glasgow-based data-tech company, secure co-investment funding to develop its Medsmart tool.

How we helped Cyberhawk achieve its growth targets

Find out how our support helped technology company Cyberhawk attract additional co-investment and achieve its growth targets.

Contact our specialists

Contact our investment specialists to find out how we can help you secure the investment you need.

Attracting international investment

We want to boost equity funding levels for globally ambitious Scottish companies, ensuring the right levels of funding, from the right sources, get to the right companies at the right time. We do this by:

  • Building strong relationships with a range of international investors
  • Helping companies identify the type of investor right for them
  • Matching and connecting supply and demand based on investor preferences

Read about companies who've raised international investment: 

How ONZO used SIB funding to expand into Scotland

How investment is helping DeepMatter grow


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.

See our full list of financial readiness guides

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 

The risk capital market in Scotland has grown over the past 6 years, with the underlying health of the market - where 99% of deals take place - almost doubling from 2013.

This is significant because many more ambitious Scottish companies are accessing growth finance, and serves as an important signal for existing and new investors.

Read Scotland's risk capital market blog

Download our Market Intelligence report - October 2019 (PDF, 4MB)

The Risk Capital Market in Scotland – Annual Report 2018 

Investment Benchmarking Analysis – Annual Report 2018 

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.