Our organisation

Accessing our information

Accessing our information

We're serious about access to and protection of information. We want you to be able to access the information you need and be confident that your information is in safe hands. We regularly publish a range of information that you can access to review our activities and expenditure.

Public sector spend information

Ensuring best value for money and the strongest return on investment is a top priority. We fully disclose all our spend over £25,000 and provide an annual breakdown of our expenditure on marketing and PR, overseas travel, hospitality and entertainment and external consultancy.

Scottish Enterprise expenditure over £25,000 2021-22 (PDF, 550kB)

Scottish Enterprise public sector disclosure 2021-22 (PDF, 72kB)

View our historical expenditure reports

Grants and investment information

We administer a range of grants and investment funds to support Scottish businesses and to incentivise international investment.

View our most recent Regional Selective Assistance grants reports.

Annual RSA reports

Find previous annual RSA reports

Quarterly RSA reports

Previous years' quarterly reports are also available by request.

Guidance for large grants

The following guidance is for independent accountants who are producing an Accountant’s Report for a grantee receiving a large grant from Scottish Enterprise:

Accountant's Report guidance for large grants (PDF, 187kB)

The following guidance is for any grantees receiving a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant under Aid for Job Creation rules (i.e. a grant based on the gross wages expenditure). This guidance should not be used for any other grant scheme. If in doubt, please contact your grant manager:

Aid for Job Creation guidance (PDF, 242kb)

The Ecosystem Fund

This fund was for organisations that support Scottish entrepreneurs, start-up activity, or enterprise education.

The Ecosystem Fund 2023-2024 awardees (word doc, 22kB)

Green jobs call

The green jobs calls aim to support businesses to create and maintain jobs that improve the environment, and to support projects that align with the Scottish Government's net zero policies.

Green jobs call awards (Excel, 12kB)

Covid-19: Additional grant funding

In April 2020, the Scottish Government made available additional grant funding for vulnerable Scottish SMEs which are vital to local, regional and national economies and for tourism, hospitality and creative industry businesses experiencing hardship as a result of Covid-19.

Scotland’s enterprise agencies worked at pace with VisitScotland and Creative Scotland to design and deliver this funding via two short-term funds:

  • A £30 million Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund for small creative, tourism and hospitality companies not in receipt of other Covid-19 business grants. The fund was designed to support companies in tourism, creative industries and hospitality experiencing immediate hardship, due to ineligibility for other Covid-19 Government grant support. The focus was to help companies who could demonstrate a negative cashflow position over three months and those furloughing staff were eligible to apply.
  • A £120 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund for viable but vulnerable SME firms which are vital to Scotland’s economy. The fund was designed to support companies with working capital to help them continue trading or to come out of hibernation and the focus was on firms that are vital to local, regional or national economic prosperity and those who could help to kick start the recovery.

View the list of companies that received this grant support (Excel, 153Kb). This data is correct as of 26 August 2020.

Covid-19: £38 million Early Stage Response Programme

In July 2020 the Scottish Government announced a £38 million funding programme for innovative early stage businesses whose routes to investment and growth have been hit by coronavirus.

The programme includes three levels of support to meet the needs of the most promising businesses at different stages of early growth: a pre-seed grant for high-growth start-ups and spin-outs delivered by Scottish Enterprise (SE) with support from eco system partners, to which £3 million has been allocated; the Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund, to which almost £25 million has been allocated; and SIB’s existing co-investment funds, which will receive an additional £10 million as part of the programme.

The Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund and pre seed grant funding have now been committed to innovative, early-stage businesses in Scotland, and the list of companies receiving this support can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Early Stage Growth Challenge Fund recipients (Excel doc, 20.9kB)

Pre seed funding recipients:

High-Growth Spin-Out Programme (HGSP) (Excel doc, 18.1kB)

High-Growth Ventures Programme (HGV) (Excel doc, 19.6kB)

Covid-19: The Scottish Wedding Industry Fund

The Scottish Wedding Industry Fund disbursed £26,095,250 of emergency grant aid to 2,811 legal business entities, affected by the loss of Wedding event business due to Covid 19 restrictions.

The Fund was open from 28 January to 25 February 2021 to eligible businesses whose main income comes from the wedding sector, offering grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 depending on turnover. It was managed by a partnership of South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Businesses that received funding from the Scottish Wedding Industry Fund were subsequently eligible for two additional payments during (1) July 2021 and (2) January 2022 to help mitigate the impact of ongoing operating restrictions on the wedding industry. The original Fund eligibility criteria and terms and conditions applied to these payments.

Scottish Enterprise SWIF top up payments (Excel, 133kB)

All OG SWIF Awards for SE and SOSE (Excel, 105kB)

Covid-19: Hotel Support Programme 

This programme focused on safeguarding jobs within larger hotels. It offered tailored business support and potential funding of up to £250,000 per hotel property. Support was offered by agencies including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise and VisitScotland.

Hotel Support Programme recipients (Excel, 14kB)

Covid-19: Ski Centre Support Fund 

This provided support for ski centres (mountain resorts and/or artificial slopes) of regional and or local economic importance, experiencing financial hardship that put the ongoing viability of the centre at risk.

Ski Centre Support Fund recipients (Excel, 18kB)

Freedom of Information (FOI)

As a Scottish public body, Scottish Enterprise (SE) complies with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

This Act provides a right of access to information held by public bodies and requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost

We've adopted the Model Publication Scheme produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. In adopting the Single Model Scheme, we've produced a Guide to Information (Word, 204kB) which:

  • Allows you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class
  • States what charges may be applied
  • Explains how to find the information
  • Provides contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • Explains how to request information that has not been published

How to make a FOI request

You have the right to access all types of recorded information and, apart from certain specific exceptions, authorities and their staff must comply with these requests.

You can make your request in the following ways:

By email: FOI@scotent.co.uk 

By post: Scottish Enterprise HQ
Atrium Court
50 Waterloo Street
G2 6HQ

Your request will be dealt with promptly and usually within 20 working days. There is no need to cite the Act or explain why information is being asked for. However, giving as much detail as you can may help us respond more fully to your request.

Please note there is no obligation for Scottish Enterprise to comply with an information request if:

  • An exemption applies
  • If the cost of doing so would exceed the amount set by the fees regulations
  • If the information is not held by us

For example, an exemption may be applied if releasing information would cause a breach of confidence to a third party; if it divulged personal information; or if the information was commercially sensitive.

If you require any assistance to make a request, please email us at pressoffice@scotent.co.uk or call us on 0300 013 3385. Additional detailed FOI guidance is also available on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website.

Request for review

If you consider that your request has not been handled appropriately, you have the right under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to request a review.

Your request for review must be submitted within 40 working days of receiving the initial response and include your name and a contact address or email address for correspondence. It should identify your original request and the reason why you are dissatisfied with the response received. Scottish Enterprise will respond to requests for review within 20 working days of receipt.

You can request a review by post or by email:

Adrian Gillespie
Chief Executive
Atrium Court
Scottish Enterprise
50 Waterloo Street
G2 6HQ

Email: ceooffice@scotent.co.uk

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a review, you have the right to apply to the Scottish Information Commissioner within six months following the date of receipt of the review notice. 

You can make an application online at the Scottish Information Commissioner website.

If you do not wish to appeal online, you can appeal by post or by e-mail:

Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner
Kinburn Castle
Doubledykes Road
St Andrews
KY16 9DS

Email: enquiries@itspublicknowledge.info

Tel:  01334 464610

FOI releases

We're committed to publishing information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. We may have already published the information that you need, so before making a request, please check our website to see if the information you're looking for is already available.

If the information you require has already been made available to the public, we would normally refer you back to that source.

View our FOI requests and responses

Annual reports and accounts

Delivering on budget and with maximum influence is important to us - as is demonstrating value for money. We publish our report and accounts alongside a range of case study examples of our work each year to showcase our performance.

Read our most recent annual report and accounts (PDF, 2.23MB)

Find out more about our historical annual reports and accounts

Strategic direction

Read the Strategic Guidance 23-24 (PDF, 120 KB) issued by the Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Fair Work and Energy.

Net zero framework

Each year, we publish our net zero framework. This document outlines our approach to helping tackle climate change and looks at economic opportunities that benefit both businesses and the environment.

Net zero framework for action 2023-2024 (PDF, 3.5MB)

Read our previous net zero frameworks

Scotland’s risk capital market report

This report helps us to track the flow of equity investment – setting Scotland’s performance alongside the other nations and regions of the UK. This evidence informs the support we give to ambitious early-stage companies.

Download Investing in Ambition Scotland’s Risk Capital Market in Context – 2021 report. (PDF, 1.185 KB)

CCUS - economic impacts report

Along with the Scottish Government, we commissioned Element Energy and Vivid Economics to create a road map projecting the economic impacts of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) in Scotland.

Download the CCUS Economic Impacts Study report (PDF, 9.9MB)

Low carbon and renewable energy report

We commissioned a research report to look at the impacts and opportunities of low carbon and renewable energy in Scotland's business landscape.

Download our 2022 Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Survey report (PDF, 13.7MB)

Hydrogen economy - reports and studies

Scottish Enterprise, together with OREC and NZTC, has commissioned a report about hydrogen production opportunities in Scotland in 2021.

Download the hydrogen opportunities report (PDF, 3.3MB).

Evaluation, research and guidance reports

We produce reports on all aspects of our economic development activities, as well as a range of appraisal and evaluation guidance documents. These are all freely available to the public. They can be accessed on the Evaluations Online website

Subsidy Schemes

Most of the assistance given to businesses by Scottish Enterprise is subsidy. Our Subsidy schemes provide the basis for assistance offered by Scottish Enterprise through a range of products and services.

We have updated our schemes to reflect the change to the legal position following the expiry of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. Assistance is discretionary, based on the merits of the proposed project, and an assessment of need which is subject to rigorous due diligence appraisal.

More about our subsidy schemes

You can also view our historical State Aid Schemes.

Senior salary information

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, we disclose the names, job titles and salaries of our most senior staff.

Read our list of senior staff salaries (PDF, 111kB)

Equality and diversity information

We're committed to equal opportunities as an employer and in the services we provide. Every two years we publish a report that sets out our commitment to equal opportunities and charts the progress and steps we're taking to address the needs of under-represented groups.

Read our Equality Mainstreaming Report (PDF, 4.05MB)

Read our Equality Mainstreaming Report (Word, 368kB) 

Equality and Fairer Scotland Duty impact assessments

Under the Equality Act we are required to publish equality impact assessments carried out on certain policies and projects. Our latest assessments, and those we support under Fairer Scotland Duty can be found below.

Equality impact assessments

ePMIS project (Word, 53kB)

Facilities Management - Office Support (Word, 47kB)

Redesigning Rural (Word, 52kB)

E-Learning Internationalisation Programme (Word, 51kB)

International Sales Growth Programme (47kB)

BioEconomy Cluster Builder (Word, 49kB)

Ecommerce cluster integrator (Word, 51kB)

Leadership development framework (Word, 51kB)

SIB - corporate governance workshop (Word, 53kB)

Principally Women pilot (Word, 53kB)

Scottish Space Group (Word, 52kB)

Innovation Roadmap Development Programme (Word, 50kB)

Growth Investments Support Services Framework (Word, 58kB)

Co-operative Programme Delivery Framework (Word, 51kB)

Procurement - Digital partner (Word, 52kB)

Fairer Scotland Duty assessments

Scottish Enterprise - Growth Investments - Entrepreneurship and Investment, March 2023 (PDF, 427kB)

Scottish Enterprise National Programmes (PDF, 1.27MB)

Operational Coronavirus Response (PDF, 217kB)

RSA Grant Programme (PDF, 445kB)

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (PDF, 222kb)

Scottish Government's Scottish National Investment Bank

Spire Global UK Ltd (PDF, 791kB)

Diodes Semiconductors GB Ltd (PDF, 611kB)

R&D Grant Programme (PDF, 205kB)

Fraunhofer Phase 3 EqFIA Impact Assessment Form (PDF, 288kB)

HALO Innovation and Enterprise Centre, Kilmarnock (Word, 50.7 KB)

Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Following the Pensions Regulator's guidelines, we publish reports on policy and activity related to our Pension and Life Assurance Scheme. 

Pension and Life Assurance Scheme: Statement of Investment Principles (SIP) August 2023 (PDF, 346kB)

Pension and Life Assurance Scheme: Implementation Report September 2023 (PDF, 598kB)

Environmental and biodiversity information

Our planet is our single most valuable resource. That's why we're committed to playing our part in Scotland's journey to a low carbon economy. Every three years we publish a report to share the range of actions we've taken to further the conservation of biodiversity.

Read our biodiversity report 2018-2020 (PDF, 560kB)

Read our biodiversity report 2014-2017 (Word, 575kB)

Information for suppliers

To ensure fairness, best practice and value for money in our procurement processes we follow the Scottish Government's Suppliers Charter code of conduct.

Tendering procedures depend on the value and the nature of what's being purchased - public sector contracts above £50,000 advertised on Public Contracts Scotland website.

Information on public sector procurement in Scotland

Scottish Government’s Suppliers' Charter

Scottish Enterprise Procurement Strategy 2022-2023 (PDF, 2.64MB)

Scottish Enterprise Annual Procurement Report 2022-2023 (PDF, 876kB)

Procurement forward plan

We publish our planned procurement activity in the Scottish Enterprise Procurement Forward Plan for procurements over £50,000, excluding VAT.

Procurement forward plan (Excel doc, 20kB)

Terms and conditions

We have standard terms and conditions for contracts with our suppliers. They are defined in the documents you can download from this page. Our terms and conditions have recently been reviewed and we now share risk in a more equal manner with our suppliers.

Purchasing goods and services under £50,000 (Word, 54.6kB)

Purchasing goods and services over £50,000 (Word, 61.2kB)

Purchasing professional services (Word, 61.5kB)

Framework agreements (Word, 82.9kB)

Electronic databases (Word, 63kB)

Health and safety

Our health and safety policy ensures we follow the correct procedures to ensure the health and safety and wellbeing of all our employees at work and others who we work alongside.

Health and safety policy (PDF, 462kB)

Information security 

The information security policy outlines the objectives, motivations and direction for Scottish Enterprise to protect its business information, systems and networks.

Information security policy (PDF, 159kB)

Information classification and handling 

Information classification policy is used to ensure that information assets receive an appropriate level of protection.

Information and classification policy (PDF, 383kB)

Owned investment property assets

The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 introduces a right for community bodies to make requests to Scottish Enterprise for any land or buildings they feel they could make better use of.

Community bodies can request ownership, lease or other rights, as they wish. The Act requires us to assess requests transparently against a specified list of criteria, and to agree the request unless there are reasonable grounds for refusal.

Scottish Enterprise owned investment property assets October 2023 (Excel, 31kB)

Trade union facility time

Under the Trade Union Act and Facility Time regulations 2017, we are required to publish a facility time report for relevant officials, detailing time spent on trade union activities.

Read the Trade Union Facility Time report 2020/2021 (PDF, 201kB)

Partnership projects

Screen Scotland

Screen Scotland is the new dedicated partnership for screen in Scotland, delivering enhanced support for all aspects of Scotland's screen sector.

We work together with Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council to deliver Screen Scotland's joint vision and objectives. 

Read the Memorandum of Understanding between Screen Scotland partners (PDF, 1.32MB)

Policy documents

Understanding how Scottish Enterprise does business is vital to how information can be accessed. The following key documents set the context and framework within which Scottish Enterprise operates.

Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise framework agreement (Word 96.1Kb)