Financial and tax incentives

Want to bring your project to life? Think Scotland. Benefit from a range of attractive incentives to help you upskill your staff, develop new products and services and access growth capital.

Funding, grants and support

The way we support businesses in Scotland is changing. We’re putting in place a simpler, more inclusive funding model that will help support investors, create jobs and a greener economy.

Grant funding will be targeted towards projects that will help generate jobs and support Scotland’s ambitions for a low carbon economy.

Find latest funding calls on Scottish Enterprise website

Help to access finance on Scottish Enterprise website

Tax relief and Incentives

There are many tax relief schemes and incentives for investors and business owners in Scotland. Find out more about tax incentives for your business.

Investing in a green, sustainable future

The Scottish National Investment Bank, the UK’s first mission-led development bank, has officially opened for business, backed by £2 billion from the Scottish Government over ten years.

The Bank will fund what matters most to Scotland for a greener, sustainable future, helping transform our wellbeing, spaces and economy.

At launch, the Bank completed its first major investment of £12.5 million in Glasgow-based laser and quantum technology firm M Squared Lasers to support the company’s further growth in Scotland. 

Pictured: Trade & Investment Minister Ivan McKee with Dr Graeme Malcolm CEO and founder of M Squared at the company's Glasgow lab in July 2019.

Inside a lab at M Squared Lasers - Pictured L-R  Quantum Technology Scientist Joshua Hughes , Trade & Investment Minister Ivan McKee with Dr Graeme Malcolm CEO and founder of M Squared

"Science and advanced technologies have a major role to play in Scotland’s future economic prosperity. By increasing investment in research and development with a mission-based approach, Scotland has a real opportunity to actively tackle climate change and benefit from the coming quantum revolution."

Dr Graeme Malcolm, CEO and Founder, M Squared

Attracting investment

Other ways to fund your business is via Scottish Enterprise’s Growth Investments Team, the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. This team has been supporting high growth potential companies since 2003. The aim of growth investments is to boost funding levels for globally ambitious Scottish companies, ensuring the right levels of funding, from the right sources, get to the right companies at the right time.

Financial readiness experts can offer support and advice and can help access a range of funding from the private and public sector,
including bank funding, equity funding, loan funding and grants.

Growth investments can offer co-investment into Scottish companies raising equity alongside private investors, including business angels, angel syndicates, venture capital groups and corporate investors, and loan funding to companies with an ability to repay the debt.

Find help to access finance on Scottish Enterprise website

Training support

We can provide investor companies with a range of support that will help them find, train, and develop their current and potential employees. This support can include:

  • Salary subsidies for priority target groups
  • Tailored training for potential employees
  • Development courses for all staff – from apprentices to senior management

Got a question about finance or incentives to set up and grow your business in Scotland? Talk to our advisers.

Scotland's Investment Ready Incentives (PDF, 1.2MB)

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