Our partners and networks

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

Public sector services

Industry contacts

Academia and research

Government economic agencies

Our public sector economic agencies – Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise – can offer funding to help you get set up, as well as ongoing support once you’re here.

This can include:

  • Funding for R&D, exporting, improving productivity and more
  • Advice about exporting, training, efficiency and growth
  • Access to resources, templates and market research
  • Business events

Business support at Scottish Enterprise

Business support at Highlands and Islands Enterprise


TalentScotland – international recruitment support

Once you’re in Scotland, you’ll have access to our extremely talented workforce. But thanks to TalentScotland, you won’t be restricted to just the talent you can find in Scotland. With international connections to talented workers across the globe, TalentScotland can help you:

  • Access skilled workers already considering Scotland as a career destination
  • Get guidance and support on employing international talent
  • Promote your business and jobs internationally

How TalentScotland can help you access overseas talent

GlobalScot network

Our worldwide network of entrepreneurial and inspirational business leaders 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.

Find out more about GlobalScot

Industry bodies and suppliers

Our teams have in-depth knowledge of the different industries in Scotland, meaning we can help you make connections with industry bodies, suppliers and other businesses. These connections can be vital in helping you get set up and access the network of support and services available.



In Scotland, academia, industry and government work closely together to support economic growth and innovation. In fact, many of our innovation centres and centres of excellence include or are situated near universities, colleges and research centres. As a result, there are more university spin-outs in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK, including London.

If you need to access the expertise, facilities or graduates that universities can offer, we can help you make the right connections.


Innovation centres and centres of excellence

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. 

Find out more about Scotland’s innovation centres and centres of excellence

Industry events

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 are a great way to make connections and build your network.

Events at Scottish Enterprise

Want to access our range of government, industry and academic partners and networks in Scotland?

More about how we can help your business

Expand your business in Scotland

Once you’re set up here, our support and the support from our partners doesn’t end there. Find out more about the ongoing support and opportunities available to help you expand.

Our global offices

We’ve got offices in 30 locations around the world. Working with an SDI office in your area means you can get direct support from someone who understands your business and needs.

Trade with Scotland

Looking to buy Scottish good and services? We can connect you to suppliers in key sectors, including food and drink, oil and gas, renewables, textiles and education.