Support for businesses

Develop products and services

Business innovation – product and service development support

Innovating means introducing new ideas and ways of working that drive efficiency, productivity and growth for your business. Whether you’re looking to adopt new tools and processes, secure your intellectual assets, transform the workplace, or access finance, networks and digital solutions – we can help.

Innovation support

Need help refining your new product or service concepts to be more competitive and profitable? From designing your innovation strategy to launching your creations to market - we've got it covered.


Intellectual property

When you’ve got a great idea, it’s crucial to make the most of it. For many businesses, intellectual property (IP) is their most valuable asset. If you’re looking to better understand your rights and the steps you can take to protect and commercialise your IP, our experts can support you.


Green energy

The green energy sector is set to dominate Scotland’s supply chain. With our skills and knowledge, we can help you expand into the areas crucial to Scottish economic growth — offshore wind, green heat, low emissions heavy duty vehicles and hydrogen.

Workplace innovation support

Taking a new approach to your staff and their workspace can drive employee engagement, helping your business adapt and grow. Our workplace innovation service can guide you towards support and helpful digital resources.

Digital transformation

Is your business looking to adopt new digital tools? The right technology can help you boost productivity, meet rising customer expectations and gain a real competitive advantage. We provide support in cyber security planning, data analytics, Industry 4.0 solutions and more.

Data-driven innovation

The next economic revolution in Scotland is going to be worth billions - and it's data driven. Our investment and support in data infrastructure means there are opportunities for all Scottish businesses to take advantage of a wealth of talent and support in the sector.

Support for manufacturers

Are you a Scottish manufacturer striving to excel in all that you do to become more efficient and profitable? Talk to us about getting a tailored manufacturing review for your business. And make real change happen in your company.

Funding and grants

If you're looking for funding to start or scale up a business, knowing what kind of funding is available to you is crucial. We can help make sure you get the right investment at the right time to help your business grow.

Food and drink insights and trends

Keep your food and drink business at the forefront of consumer trends. Find out about the latest reports, articles, insights and case studies on food and drink innovation from Scotland Food & Drink.

Why choose us?

We've helped thousands of businesses adopt innovation.

1,000 companies fast-tracked

In the past 12 months, we helped 1,000 companies to develop new products and services faster

3,500 'active innovators'

We've helped 3,500 companies become 'active innovators' in the past 3 years

90% recommend our services

90% of supported companies surveyed by our team would recommend our services to others

Source: Scottish Enterprise innovation support team

Don't just take our word for it

Ken Scott of Alexander Dennis Buses at the Skelmersdale Depot

Ken Scott is the group engineering director at Alexander Dennis, a Scottish bus manufacturer

"We've benefited from working with Scottish Enterprise on various innovations, including our new double-deck and single-deck products, which we've recently introduced to the UK."
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Alan Gordon from Stenaline at Stenaline Loch Ryan Port, Belfast Way, Cairnryan

Alan Gordon is the director of innovation at Stena Line, a large ferry company

"I believe open innovation will be a step change for Stena as we'll be able to solve any problems and not be restricted by our internal knowledge or experience."
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