Scottish Enterprise

Sccottish EnterpriseScottish Enterprise is the enterprise, innovation and investment agency for southern Scotland and the central belt. Working in partnership with industry, academia and the public sector, Scottish Enterprise aims to increase productivity in Scotland by helping businesses to start and grow, encouraging innovation and creating the right conditions for companies to access property, markets and finance.

Scottish Enterprise works with the Technology Strategy Board in a number of areas. Specific examples of projects that align with Technology Strategy Board priorities include:

Life Sciences: The Edinburgh BioQuarter is unique to the UK, offering a large state-of-the-art teaching hospital, the University of Edinburgh’s world-renowned medical school, and bespoke biomedical research and development facilities all on one site. The existing BioQuarter site is home to a community of over 1200 dedicated researchers. Translational Medicine Research Collaboration’s (TMRC) new core research laboratory - a £11.6m facility providing a centre of excellence for medical and scientific research.

Energy: Work in this area includes several key projects including the Hydrogen Office, the National Subsea Research Institute, the Power Systems Demonstration Centre that will investigate opportunities to develop onshore and offshore grid technologies and the Decommissioning Industry Forum. Other energy projects include the Energy Technology Partnership, the Scottish European Green Energy Centre and the Saltire Prize – a £10m prize challenge sponsored by the Scottish Government for advances in wave and tidal energy.

Creative Industries: The Scottish Creative Industries Partnership brings together the public agencies involved in supporting the creative industries, ensuring better co-ordinated and more effective support. Key recent developments include Pacific Quay (Digital Media Quarter): a 60 acre site on the Clyde which provides flexible modern offices and work space for digital media and creative industries; and Seabraes Yards, a purpose-built, 20 acre development in Dundee, giving a further boost to Tayside’s successful and fast-growing digital media and creative industries sectors.

Enabling Technologies: The recently launched Scottish Strategy for Enabling Technologies highlights an initial focus on sensors, modelling and simulation and informatics for immediate investment. The Technology Strategy Board has been identified in the strategy as a key stakeholder.

Scottish Enterprise – support for business

Scottish Enterprise priorities include the promotion of innovation, the commercialisation of academic ideas into business opportunities, e-business, globalisation and economic inclusion. It offers a wide range of advice and support for businesses including:

  • Securing funding and grants to develop new business ideas and products.
  • Finding investors, business partners and collaborators
  • Getting qualified, practical advice from business professionals on how to achieve business growth
  • Refining existing products and services to make them more efficient and cost-effective.
  • Information and advice on adopting new working methods or production techniques.
  • Support to enable and equip businesses to break into new markets.

For further information on these and other services delivered by Scottish Enterprise and how they can be accessed, please go to

Last updated on Friday 09 September 2011 at 12:20

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