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Our ambition

We’re changing the way we work with businesses and partners to deliver economic transformation. Find out more. 

You can read full details about our focus on economic transformation in our strategy document.

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Economic transformation

At Scottish Enterprise, our purpose is supporting businesses to innovate and scale to transform Scotland’s economy.

We're refocusing Scottish Enterprise to work with businesses and partners across the country to deliver economic transformation. The next five to ten years will be a defining time for our economy.

In the face of global opportunities and challenges, and constrained public finances, it’s more important than ever that we focus on where we can make the biggest impact in delivering the ambition that's set out in the Scottish Government's National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET)opens in a new window.

Adrian Gillespie Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise

Adrian Gillespie, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise 

High-growth opportunities

Scottish Enterprise must be laser focused on the high-growth opportunities where Scotland's companies are best placed to compete internationally. We also need to strengthen our underlying performance in important areas critical to driving our future competitiveness.

The global shift to net zero is creating opportunities to innovate and gain a competitive advantage in fast-growing international markets. For example, Scotland is well positioned to take a leadership role in sectors like offshore wind and green hydrogen production to accelerate the energy transition and maximise its economic benefits.

We're refocusing our resources and ways of working to achieve this.

Innovation, investment and international markets

A collective effort has resulted in great strides being made in recent years to unlock Scotland’s full innovation and entrepreneurial potential. Innovation underpins internationally competitive companies and clusters, with clear priorities set out in Scotland’s Innovation Strategyopens in a new window.

We're committed to working with partners in industry, academia and government to fully release our potential to grow companies and clusters of scale.

Innovation Strategy Planning Workplace Innovation at Denstu Creative Edinburgh

Investment is also critical to delivering growth and higher productivity, delivering better wages and a more resilient economy.

Scotland is in the top-performing nations in attracting global companies to invest here, and we now have a highly developed early-stage investment market supporting young companies.

During the last five years we have:

  • supported projects that are expected to deliver £2.3 billion

    of investment in innovation and R&D

  • supported export projects which could generate £8 billion

    in additional export sales

  • supported projects that are expected to deliver £2.5 billion

    of capital investment

  • created or safeguarded 75,000 jobs

    raising an additional £900 million of income tax

  • maintained Scotland's position as the most popular UK location

    outside London for inward investment and grown our attractiveness to investors over that period

  • generated £600 million

    of income

However, more needs to be done to grow levels of business investment more widely if we're to compete with the highest performing nations.

Scottish Enterprise has an important role to play, alongside our partners, to support the companies we work with, to invest for the future and to attract new sources of international investment.

Our three missions

Having assessed the opportunities that can help drive a step change in Scotland’s economic performance, we'll concentrate our expertise on three priority areas.

These areas are our ‘missions’:

  • Creating an internationally competitive energy transition industry in Scotland
  • Scaling the impact of Scotland’s innovation strengths into high-growth industries of the future
  • Driving capital investment to deliver a step-change in Scotland’s productivity
Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Moray Firth

Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, Moray Firth.

Adrian Gillespie, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise

Changing how we work

Our commitment to the principles of net zero and fair work is unchanged and underpins everything we do. However, to focus on our three 'missions' — energy transition, scaling innovation and attracting investment – Scottish Enterprise needs to change.

So, we're refocusing our leadership, our people, our support to companies and our international networks to ensure we're fully focused on these transformational opportunities that can deliver a more successful, greener and fairer Scotland. 

Learn more about our missions

  • Scotland's energy transition

    Energy transition will dominate Scotland’s supply chain in the next decade. We’re starting now. Get to grips with green energy and learn how to maximise its potential for your business.

  • Unlock capital investment

    We're here to help your business attract and secure funding and can help you invest in key areas of your business. Learn about funding options and where best to focus your investment.

  • Scaling innovation for business growth

    Scotland is recognised as having some of the most innovative and fastest growing clusters in Europe, including Space, fintech, AI and industrial biotechnology. Learn how we can help you scale innovation.

Read our case studies

Learn more about economic transformation projects and how our support has helped Scottish businesses.

  • Emergency One's sustainable solutions

    Find out how our innovation teams worked closely with Cumnock-based Emergency One to help it develop a ground-breaking, zero- carbon-emission emergency vehicle.

  • AMIDS: Scotland's advanced manufacturing innovation district

    Learn about the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) — Scotland’s dedicated space for manufacturing innovation and why it’s a major opportunity for investors.

  • Why Eurostampa chose Glasgow

    The global company recently invested in a new multi-million-pound facility in Cumbernauld. Find out what brought the Italian brand to Scotland.

  • MMIC: making medicine more sustainable

    Learn how the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre (MMIC) in Glasgow’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District is leading a sustainable medicine revolution.

  • Verlume: storage and management solutions for Scotland's energy transition

    Learn about how we’ve supported Verlume, a leader in energy management and storage technologies for the energy industry.

  • ETZ: leading northeast Scotland's energy transition

    ETZ Ltd has Scotland's largest dedicated energy transition facility. Find out how we're supporting the company behind it.

Our strategic ambition

As part of our Gaelic Language Plan, key elements of our strategic ambition document are available in Gaelic.

Download the document (PDF, 96 KB)opens in a new window

Ar n-àrd-amas ro-innleachdail

Mar phàirt de ar Plana Gàidhlig, tha prìomh eileamaidean den phàipear àrd-amasan ro-innleachdail rim faotainn ann an Gàidhlig. 

Luchdaich sìos am pàipear (PDF, 96 KB)opens in a new window 

Evidence paper

Read the economic research and evidence behind our ambition.

Download the evidence paper (PDF, 0.61 MB, 12 Pages)opens in a new window

Megatrends 

Read about megatrends shaping economic change (PDF, 1.28 MB, 10 Pages)opens in a new window 

Find out more

You can read full details about our focus on economic transformation in our strategy document.

Download our strategy (PDF, 2.2 MB, 40 Pages)opens in a new window