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Our strategic priorities

Scottish Enterprise helps ambitious companies across Scotland grow and scale. We do this by supporting businesses with innovation, investment and increasing their international competitiveness.

The support we offer

We're an outward-looking agency. We use our networks, insights and experience to deliver projects that help businesses take advantage of new market opportunities.

Whether you're a new, early-stage or existing business, we can help you realise your growth ambitions.

We'll work with you to secure investment in innovation, enter high-growth markets and boost export performance. We'll also help you build the productive and engaged workforces that underpin sustainable, competitive businesses.

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We focus on activity that adds value and provides good returns. This includes:

  • Business development and advice that helps companies achieve growth objectives, from scaling up to succession planning and collaboration
  • Innovation support for new product and service development, including accessing R&D funding, transforming the workplace and adopting new tools
  • Export and international market support that helps companies start exporting or expand their international sales through a range of online and specialist services
  • Targeting capital and inward investment that aligns with new market opportunities
  • Helping businesses transition to net zero by providing specialist advice and support
  • Investing in projects that support regional innovation assets and connect with business capabilities in Scotland and around the world

Our net zero framework

Our net zero framework outlines our approach to help tackle climate change and address biodiversity loss. It focuses on economic opportunities that deliver benefits to both the environment and society.

Learn more about our net zero framework 

Our Fair Work First commitment

As an employer, we champion fair work practices.

In recent years, we’ve made real progress in terms of equal opportunities and actively promote and celebrate our organisation’s diversity. We choose to work with companies that share our Fair Work First values because they benefit the economy, businesses, and our society.

From 1 July 2023, there were changes to the conditions for our funding and grants. From this date, recipients of funding need to:

  • Pay the real living wage
  • Provide ways to support employee voice — such as Trade Union recognition or employee representative groups

As part of our commitment, we’ll work closely with businesses on the Fair Work journey, offering support through our Workplace Innovation service. Discover our Workplace Innovation service.

Discover our workplace innovation service

To find out more about our fair work values, read our Equality and Diversity Mainstreaming Report (PDF, 4.14MB) opens in a new window

Our values

Scottish Enterprise provides solutions to economic challenges and delivers activity in line with our corporate values.

  • Be brave

    We will be fearless and ambitious in our decision making, delivering for our economy and our communities. We will celebrate together when we succeed and learn together when we fail.

  • Be fair

    We will act with the highest standards of integrity and empathy, and champion diversity and sustainability.

  • Be the difference

    We will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with others to unlock our collective potential and to make real impact.

  • Be our best

    We will expect the highest standards of ourselves and offer excellence when working with others.

Got a question?

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