Our organisation

What we do

What we do

We are here for the people of Scotland. Our job is to support business and industry to help create equal opportunities for all.

Our ambition

Everything we do is geared towards creating...


More top quality jobs for people across Scotland.

Business growth

Access to finance, support, information and markets that will help businesses across Scotland thrive and go global.

International success

By selling Scotland to the world to attract even more global business.

More international trade and investment for Scotland

  • Deliver up to 8,000 jobs through inward investment - focusing on jobs that pay the living wage and support fair work
  • Scotland Is Now - a single collaborative approach for Scotland to attract investment and promote Scotland as a place to work, visit, study and do business
  • Reach and engage with even more companies - encouraging companies to trade internationally, working with partners to ensure all businesses have access to support and advice

Accelerating business growth

  • Increase innovation, investment and exporting in companies we work with
  • Form delivery partnerships and flex how we deliver regionally
  • Support companies with ambition and potential to scale more quickly
  • Stimulate up to £400 million in new business R&D
  • Help Scottish companies accelerate their growth and diversify into new sectors and markets. Support companies to develop fair and more productive business practices

Realising major economic opportunities

Emerging opportunities where Scotland can compete globally and become a world leader. Opportunities centre on adoption of new technology and ways of working that are applicable to many sectors and regions across Scotland.

  • High Value Manufacturing: to put Scottish manufacturing at the forefront of Industry 4.0 adoption and transform manufacturing capability in our key sectors
  • Digital Economy: to grow and maintain a thriving digital economy and be a global leader in data driven innovation
  • Low Carbon Transition: to realise fully the long term, sustainable economic potential of world-leading low carbon innovation

How we're helping Alexander Dennis grow

Alexander Dennis has unveiled its brand new 100-seat Enviro400XLB double-decker bus, developed in close collaboration with Lothian Buses and chassis manufacturer Volvo.

We invested £7.5 million towards the company's £30 million product and market development programme to help increase their innovation, R&D and global reach.

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