Funding and grants

Trying to get your business off the ground or looking to grow or scale up an existing business? Funding can go a long way to helping you get there. Know your options and how to access the right type of finance with our help.

Starting a business?

To get started you’ll need an up-to-date business plan outlining your growth potential and business needs.

If you don’t have one, Business Gateway can help you with this.

Growing your business

At this stage you should already have an up-to-date business plan. Before seeking outside funding, weigh up your options.

Consider what finances you already have in place to grow your business. Could they work better for you?

Accessing finance

Securing growth capital is critical to the long-term success of any business.

By stimulating the supply of investor finance, we can help you seek funds for research and development and connect you to co-investment opportunities for market expansion.

Still not sure what you need? Use our tool.

Answer a few quick questions to find the most relevant support for your business.

Why choose us?

We've helped lots of businesses like yours to secure funding and investment

£315m R&D investment secured

We helped companies to secure £315 million planned R&D investment*

£215m capital investment secured

Our grants helped secure plans for £215 million of additional capital investment in Scotland*

£14m RSA grant funding

We offered £14 million in RSA grant funding to 75 companies to support expansion plans and job creation**

*based on 2017-18 performance, **based on RSA year-end report 2017-18

Don't just take our word for it

TVSquared team shot in front of Edinburgh Castle

Holly McComb, chief financial officer of Edinburgh-based tech company, TVSquared, explains how the company is scaling in new markets thanks to equity funding.

"Funding from the Scottish Investment Bank has enabled us to be more flexible and responsive. We recently expanded into Munich. Availability of funds meant we could act quickly on this opportunity."

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Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton

Julie Grieve, managing director of tech company, Criton, secured £5 million private equity funding to develop her hospitality app for international markets.

"The financial readiness team’s input and advice was invaluable as they were able to introduce me to potential investors and provide insight based on wide experience."

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