Our organisation

How we do it

How we do it

Scottish Enterprise helps ambitious companies across Scotland grow and scale. We do this by supporting businesses with innovation, investment and increasing their international competitiveness.

The support we offer

We're an outward-looking agency. We use our networks, insights and experience to deliver projects that help businesses take advantage of new market opportunities.

Whether you're a new, early-stage or existing business, we can help you realise your growth ambitions.

We'll work with you to secure investment in innovation, enter high-growth markets and boost export performance. We'll also help you build the productive and engaged workforces that underpin sustainable, competitive businesses.

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We focus on activity that adds value and provides good returns. This includes:

  • Business development and advice that helps companies achieve growth objectives, from scaling up to succession planning and collaboration
  • Innovation support for new product and service development, including accessing R&D funding, transforming the workplace and adopting new tools
  • Export and international market support that helps companies start exporting or expand their international sales through a range of online and specialist services
  • Targeting capital and inward investment that aligns with new market opportunities
  • Helping businesses transition to net zero by providing specialist advice and support
  • Investing in projects that support regional innovation assets and connect with business capabilities in Scotland and around the world

Our Fair Work First commitment

As an employer, we champion fair work practices.

In recent years, we’ve made real progress in terms of equal opportunities and actively promote and celebrate our organisation’s diversity. We choose to work with companies that share our Fair Work First values because they benefit the economy, businesses, and our society.

From 1 July 2023, we’re applying conditions to our funding and grants. From this date, recipients of funding will need to:

  • Pay the real living wage
  • Provide ways to support employee voice — such as Trade Union recognition or employee representative groups

As part of our commitment, we’ll work closely with businesses on the Fair Work journey, offering support through our Workplace Innovation service.

Discover our Workplace Innovation service

To find out more about our fair work values, read our Equality and Diversity Mainstreaming Report (PDF, 4.14MB).

Our values

Scottish Enterprise provides solutions to economic challenges and delivers activity in line with our corporate values.

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Be brave

We will be fearless and ambitious in our decision making, delivering for our economy and our communities. We will celebrate together when we succeed and learn together when we fail.
Sustainably Fin-Tech company, Edinburgh.  Image shows L-R: angel investor Con Gornell and Loral Quinn, Sustainably chief executive officer.

Be fair

We will act with the highest standards of integrity and empathy, and champion diversity and sustainability.
Alex Papanikolaou of Freedom one shows his wheelchair product in development

Be the difference

We will proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with others to unlock our collective potential and to make real impact.
 Unlocking Ambition Cohort of 2018-2019 at their graduation ceremony in Edinburgh

Be our best

We will expect the highest standards of ourselves and offer excellence when working with others.