Business development and advice

Need support to take your business where you want it to be? Our specialist advisers can help you overcome day-to-day challenges, enhance your business practices or explore new markets and opportunities to grow and scale your company.

Business mentoring

If you want to grow or develop your business, who better to encourage and support you than someone who has already made that journey?

We can match your business to an experienced adviser or mentor who’ll help you navigate through specific pain points.

Improve business processes

Small changes can deliver big benefits. Our workplace innovation and business improvement workshops give practical guidance on how to enhance your business productivity and better engage your employees, to give you greater efficiencies and profits.

Explore new markets

If your product or service is performing well at home, then there’s likely to be demand for it outside the UK. Make international trade a priority. 

Entering new and unfamiliar markets might seem daunting at first, but there's plenty of support from us in Scotland and across our offices worldwide – whenever and wherever you need it most. 

Scale your business

Companies that scale are the beating heart of our economy.

Is your company growing at pace? Got a great entrepreneurial team in place with a willingness to learn and collaborate? Need support to scale-up to become a successful global business? We can help

Work with other companies

Collaboration can be a great way to grow your business.

We can help your company and community to pool resources, reduce costs and share risk to enable faster, more sustainable growth.

Succession planning support

Whether you’re looking to hand over the reins of your business soon or simply planning for the long-term, our experts will ensure the path of succession runs smoothly.

Employee ownership

Is employee ownership the right exit strategy for you and business?

If your company is based in Scotland, we can give you up to three days free support via an experienced adviser to help explore your options.

Why choose us?

We've helped thousands of businesses to improve their operations.

300+ increased export targets

With our advice over 300 companies increased their export targets*

900 better leaders

Around 900 companies improved their leadership skills with our help*

2,800 new innovators

Supported over 2,800 Scottish companies to start innovating**

*based on 2016/17 performance, **based on 2015-17 performance

Don't just take our word for it

Billy Wilson from Jas P Wilson squatting next to a large tyre

Billy Wilson is the managing director of Jas P Wilson, a forestry and firewood firm

"I’d thought that innovation was just about product development...but at the ‘deeper’ innovation workshops, I saw that it’s actually in every part of your business."

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Nick Bannerman from Johnstons of Elgin in the company's factory

Nick Bannerman is the managing director of Johnstons of Elgin, a luxury clothing company

"Use your contacts, use Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International - they've got lots of experts in lots of different geographies around the world, in lots of different sectors. You should never be stuck for an opening."

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