What we do

Our business plan

Our business plan

Our business plan 2021-22 sets out how we're committed to create more, better jobs that nurture shared wealth and collective wellbeing. We're working collaboratively with our partners, deploying our people and funding to maximum effect to deliver a sustainable, inclusive, and fair future for us all.

Supporting Scotland's people and businesses

Last year was a year like no other. The COVID-19 pandemic caused huge change in Scotland and across the world, in the economy and in how we live and work.

Responding to this, we worked with partners from Government, industry, and business to support Scotland’s people and businesses through the crisis.

We delivered £569 million of economic development support into Scotland’s economy last year, including almost £220 million of COVID-19 related support to around 4,000 businesses employing more than 70,000 people.

And we delivered our core support to businesses too, supporting growth plans, investing in Scotland’s assets, and helping create or safeguard around 7,000 jobs paying at least the Real Living Wage.

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Some changes we’ve seen during the pandemic look like they’re here to stay: adoption of new business models, and shifts in consumer and working behaviours. We’re also seeing a shift globally to being more values led. This will influence the decisions we make about where we invest.

Having hosted COP26 in Glasgow this year, we will continue to play our part in addressing global climate challenges and to galvanise our engagement with the business community, the innovators and entrepreneurs, in Scotland and internationally.

 

More, better jobs in Scotland

Our purpose to support more, better jobs in Scotland, remains core to who we are and what we do every day.

This is the time to seize the opportunities where Scotland has the greatest competitive advantage, in an economy being shaped by not only the climate challenge but also digital and data technologies, health and wellbeing innovation as well as significant advances in modern manufacturing. Embracing these opportunities will help drive an innovation-led recovery.

We’re focused on the future and our ambitions are based on these opportunities and reflect Scottish Government and Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board priorities. We'll continue to collaborate closely with the wider public, private, academic and third sectors.

Read more about our business plan

Our business plan 2021-22 sets out how we're committed to making this happen - working collaboratively, deploying our people and funding to maximum effect to deliver a sustainable, inclusive, and fair future for us all.

Economic context

Our business plan for 2021/22 sets out how we will support an innovation led recovery by responding to global economic challenges and opportunities.

What we will achieve

We'll encourage more businesses to innovate and invest in key assets that will help them be resilient in the face of future challenges and support their future growth.

Work together as a community co-operative

Supporting businesses and places

We'll work with partners to build vibrant economic communities across Scotland, build Scotland’s reputation and reach, build business resilience and growth and develop future opportunities.

How we will deliver

We're changing the way we support businesses. We're also improving our people’s skills and expertise in adopting more digital ways of doing business and using data and insights to improve our services.