Partners and Suppliers

We can connect you to the right people, in the right place and at the right time.

Opening the doors to partners and suppliers

We can introduce you to the right people, at the right time

Once you’re in Scotland, we’ll continue to promote your business capabilities to strengthen value chains and to fill identified gaps. 

We support the building of partnerships and collaborations and our connections provide a powerful business network. With access to both the private and public sector, and to supply chain companies, we can help you make the right connections for your business to flourish in Scotland.

Our public and private sector contacts can give you the best of both worlds

From the Scottish Government to the Department for International Trade (DIT), academic bodies, industry organisations and some of the world’s leading universities – we have the contacts to help your business settle and grow in Scotland.

Our joined-up approach will help your company transition seamlessly to Scotland, offering a powerful support network that can assist at every turn.

Together we can provide:

  • Targeted awareness of key business sectors and sub-sectors
  • Customer-focused solutions to meet your growth needs
  • Intelligence to develop a globally-competitive business environment
  • Powerful contacts through our GlobalScot network and overseas trade missions
  • International business strategy developed in collaboration with our wide range of global partners  

GlobalScot a worldwide network of entrepreneurial and inspirational business leaders

They can help your business in Scotland thrive and become more profitable in international markets.

GlobalScot provides business and leadership support, as well as valuable industry insight.

Ways GlobalScot can help your company grow include:

  • Helping develop your Scottish brand internationally
  • Advising on entering new markets, finding customers and suppliers
  • Supporting your business growth by identifying international trade opportunities
  • Providing guidance on planning, knowledge and skills

Scotland’s dedicated innovation centres

Can support your business to develop advanced products for the global marketplace.

These centres facilitate collaborations between universities, businesses and research institutes, powering Scotland’s commitment to invention and discovery in our key economic sectors. 

A total of £110 million has been committed for the innovation centre programme up to 2018. 

Whatever your idea, whatever your sector, Scotland’s innovation centres have the connections and know-how to take your idea from early concept to market entry.

There are currently 8 innovation centres in Scotland:

Find the perfect partners in Scotland 

Want to partner companies in your sector with a specific capability?

By choosing to set up in Scotland there's a host of companies in the supply chain you can partner with, to get your products and services to market more efficiently and effectively. 

Search our directories to find suitable partners from across some of Scotland's key sectors: 

Networking events and inward trade missions are an ideal platform to engage with potential partners and make new connections to grow your business.

Scottish Enterprise and its partners run various dynamic events throughout the year, where you can engage with Scottish businesses around a specific objective. These events can help you:

  • Engage with new and existing customers around specific business opportunities or challenges
  • Build awareness and skills in relation to specific business themes
  • Share best practice
  • Network

Find Scottish Enterprise events

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Access to Markets

Invest in Scotland and you'll be close to some huge markets. Scotland provides a convenient base for your company and is well connected for business travel.

Accessing talent

Recruiting the right staff is crucial for any business looking to set up in Scotland. We can hep you access the talent you need to succeed.

Scotland's supply chain

Source Scottish goods and services in key sectors, including food and drink, oil and gas, renewables, textiles and education.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with one of our advisers, we are always ready to help.