Financial support

Funding and incentives

We can provide the financial support to make your project come alive.

Projects in Scotland thrive on funding, hard work and ambition. You may be eligible for grants to support capital or salary costs in certain areas of the country, or R&D grants that cover a percentage of development costs.

And our investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), helps SMEs attract growth capital, often by co-investing with private investors.

In fact, the financial support that we offer is just one of the reasons why 73% of investors consider us an important reason for their continued presence in Scotland.

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Investment for jobs

Will your project create or safeguard jobs in Scotland?

If so, you may be eligible for a Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant.

You can apply for RSA if you have a base in Scotland, helping your business to grow. This will also help ensure your project helps our economy to remain globally competitive.

The amount offered depends on the:

  • Size of your business
  • Location of the project
  • Amount needed for the project to go ahead

R&D funding in Scotland

Research and Development Grants (R&D) grants

Your business can benefit from Research and Development funding for innovation from Scotland's enterprise agencies, especially if it has invested in Scotland.

This might include the SMART: SCOTLAND grant, which provides funding for feasibility studies and R&D projects with a commercial endpoint.

Or you might benefit from the R&D grant so you can fund the development of new products, processes and services, or improve existing ones. 


R&D tax credits

You can find out about R&D tax credits, which can benefit your company, with our help:

  • Create new, competitive products, services and processes
  • Find and access new markets
  • Provide high-quality skilled jobs

Got a great patented idea that you're eager to turn into a successful business?

If you commercialise your patent in Scotland or develop a new patent here, you can benefit from the Patent Box scheme. This means paying as little as 10% Corporation Tax on any profits from commercialising those patents. 

Attract investment

Great other avenues to fund your business: venture capital, loans and equity funding

Looking for investment funding for your company? Interested in investing in high-growth Scottish companies? If so, Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) can help.

SIB helps small to medium size enterprises access finance and can co-invest alongside private partners.

We can also help connect you with Scotland's globally-recognised business angel community, including the national angel association, LINC Scotland.

Global companies that we have funded

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Talk to us about doing business in Scotland.

Our global staff can help you find the right finance and other support to help you establish your business in Scotland.

Whether you're ready to invest or trade, or just want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.

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