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. Start to think about what finances you already have in place to grow your business. Can you make them work better for you?

Before seeking outside funding, it’s good to weigh up your options at the outset.

Accessing finance

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

By stimulating the supply of finance from investors, we can help you seek funds for research and development, and point you in the direction of co-investment opportunities to help with technological innovations and overseas expansion.

Why choose us?

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

£234m R&D investment

We helped companies to secure £234 million additional R&D investment

£160m investment secured

Our grants helped secure plans for £160 million of additional capital investment in Scotland

£16.2m RSA grant funding

We offered £16.2 million in RSA grant funding to 65 companies to support expansion plans and job creation

Source: Scottish Investment Bank Annual Review

Don't just take our word for it

Christian Kemp-Griffin is the CEO of CelluComp, a company dedicated to the development and commercialisation of sustainable materials

"Scottish Enterprise has been with us from the start, offering advice and guidance on the company’s formation, innovation and organisational support, as well as support to help us get ready to raise investment."

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Dee Ward is the director of Allthings Ltd, a Dundee-based software company

"The financial readiness support was invaluable in laying the groundwork for the wider fundraising process."

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