Our organisation

How we do it

How we do it

We support thousands of companies the length and breadth of the country, helping catalyse the changes in our economy that will have a long-term positive impact on Scotland's business competitiveness around the world. In doing so, we're creating significantly more, better jobs, helping people fulfil their potential.


An economically vibrant Scotland making a positive impact on the world.


Create more, better jobs that nurture shared wealth and collective wellbeing.

We'll work in partnership with our stakeholders and communities to ensure our resources are properly targeted to where they can make the most difference.

Allan McQuade, Director of Business Infrastructure, Scottish Enterprise


Our 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.
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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.

Scottish Enterprise's proactive approach and willingness to work with local and international partners will ultimately help create real and well-paid jobs for our communities.

Councillor John Alexander, Leader, Dundee City Council

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Opportunities for Scotland

As a small nation with huge potential, we need to be ready to face the challenges ahead and at the same time be prepared to exploit the new opportunities that these changes present.

We'll be encouraging and supporting more Scottish businesses to:

  • Trade overseas
  • Increase innovation
  • Access growth funding
  • Invest in people and capital

Our mission

Over the next year we'll:

  • Create or safeguard up to 10,500 jobs paying at least the real living wage
  • Enable up to £300 million of investment in research and development (R&D) 
  • Enable up to £200 million of capital investment
  • Help businesses to raise growth funding of up to £255 million
  • Support international exports sales up to £1.5 billion

We know that our international networks have the ability to support entrepreneurial activity and ambition. We'll make better use of this critical soft power to help deliver a more dynamic and globally competitive environment in Scotland, supporting inclusive, economic growth.

Julie Morrison, Head of Stakeholder, Communications and Networks, Scottish Enterprise


Our strategy

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Correspondence from Cabinet Secretary, Derek Mackay, 02 July 2019 (PDF 433Kb)

Our 3-year corporate strategy sets out our intent. Our long-term ambitions to help drive a more sustainable, inclusive economy.

By working with our public-sector partners, universities, private sector and others, we’ll invest in the bedrock that will allow our economy to grow. Creating the right conditions to build:

  • Vibrant economic communities across Scotland, sharing greater wealth and wellbeing
  • Scotland’s reputation and reach in strategically important markets
  • Resilience in Scotland’s businesses, sectors and regions
  • Future economic opportunities that will drive international advantage



School of Simulation and Visualisation, Glasgow School of Art

Taking a more flexible and proactive approach to support customers means we can mobilise and respond faster in future, delivering increased resilience across Scotland’s businesses, sectors and regions.

Anke Heggie, Director of Company Growth, Scottish Enterprise


Our business plan

We must also focus on the short to medium-term actions. Ones we must take now, to build the dynamism, capacity and capability in the economy, that will move us along the path to achieving our overall goals.

Our 2019-2020 operating business plan focuses on working with partners to drive growth through:

  • Attracting, creating and protecting quality jobs and talent that will support wellbeing across Scotland
  • Driving research and innovation investment in businesses and sectors
  • Stimulating capital investment in local, regional and national economies
  • Giving more businesses across Scotland the best chance to fulfil their potential
  • Growing export value and the number of exporting companies


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With our partners, we have access to a considerable amount of data and intelligence. We'll use this insight more effectively to identify the best future opportunities for Scotland, and to make evidence-based investment decisions.

Kenny Richmond, Head of Economics, Scottish Enterprise