Innovation support

Innovative businesses grow faster. If you're looking to develop or improve products or services, or exploring ways to increase productivity, why not ask our innovation experts for advice?

What's included in the support?

  • Business support to all sectors, at all stages of development
  • Funded expert help where required
  • Grants for development work
  • Advice on how to secure investment
  • Specialist advice on intellectual assets (IA) and intellectual property (IP)
  • Advice on digital solutions such as ecommerce
  • Introductions to project partners within industry and academia

How do I get started?

Ask about our innovation support. We'll organise a free, impartial review of your project with experienced innovation advisers.

Our innovation support service is available to companies based in Scotland. But to fully benefit from the service it's best that you:

  • Have a formed company, including a company registration number
  • Have a business plan and/or a project plan
  • Have conducted some market research
  • Are able to finance a significant part of your innovation project

Am I eligible?

Once we know more about your innovation project our advisers can: 

  • Provide you with information to support your project
  • Take you through the support we can offer and highlight the support available from our partners
  • Invite you to meet with our specialist advisers

If you don't think you meet all the criteria right now, we might still be able to help.

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Innovation support for food and drink businesses

Make Innovation Happen is a single source of innovation support for businesses involved in the Scottish food and drink supply chain.

Scotland Food & Drink, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise work in partnership across academia, the public sector and the industry to deliver a comprehensive innovation support service.

Make Innovation Happen can help your business by providing:

  • Access to 'connectors', who can offer support, advice and mentoring, as well as direction to appropriate support

  • Ideas and insights on how to innovate through articles and events

  • Funding through the Collaborative Innovation fund

  • Help to access other innovation services provided by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Interface and others.

Make Innovation Happen connectors

Make Innovation Happen 'connectors' will help you tap in to an array of available support and guide you all the way through your innovation journey.

Make an enquiry or call 0300 013 3385

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Collaborative Innovation Fund

Funding for collaborations utilising innovation in the Scottish food and drink sector. 

Make Innovation Happen articles

Read articles and insights on innovation in the Scottish food and drink sector.

Enquire about innovation support

Our team are on hand to answer your questions and explain the support we can offer to help your business succeed.