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Scotland's supportive business environment includes a range of funding - and we can help connect you to the financial assistance you need to support your investment in Scotland.

Financial support for your investment in Scotland

We're here to help companies investing in Scotland, including finding you the financial support that best suits your project.

That could mean providing grants to support capital or salary costs in selected areas of the country.

Or connecting you to research and development grants can potentially support a percentage of development costs.

Our taxation system offers further R&D incentives and can support both capital expenditure and revenue costs - and if you exploit a patent of your from Scotland, tax on profits can drop to as low as 10%.

And our investment arm, the Scottish Investment Bank, supports small and medium enterprises in attracting growth capital, often by co-investing alongside private investors.

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

Supporting jobs

If your project will create or safeguard jobs in Scotland, your company could qualify for Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) funding.

You can apply for RSA support if you've got a base in Scotland and your project will help to ensure our economy remains globally competitive.

The amount of RSA funding you could receive will depend on:

  • The size of your business
  • The location of your project
  • The amount needed for your project to go ahead

How RSA funding helped Encompass invest in Glasgow

Supporting innovation

Scotland's enterprise agencies can provide discretionary innovation and R&D funding to companies that have invested in Scotland.

That might include SMART: SCOTLAND funding for a feasibility study or a project that has a clear commercial endpoint.

Or your company could benefit from R&D grant funding, helping your develop new products, processes or services.

We can also help you find out more about R&D tax credits which can help your company:

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

If you bring existing patents to commercial life in Scotland or develop new patents in Scotland your company can benefit from the Patent Box scheme. That means paying as little as 10% corporation tax on any profits from commercialising those patents.

Why Edinburgh is becoming a hub for digital technology

Supporting investment

If you're considering your options in venture capital, loans or equity funding, the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) could help.

SIB supports young and growing SMEs in accessing finance and can co-invest alongside private investors.

This includes delivery of the £103 million Renewable Energy Investment Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and its enterprise agencies.

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

Supporting your company

We'll help you find the right financial assistance package to support your investment in Scotland.

That could mean benefiting from discounted business rates or enhanced capital allowances in one of our 16 designated Enterprise Areas.

Or it could mean helping you to connect with our colleagues in Scotland's enterprise agencies to help you find the R&D funding or employment support to help your project thrive.

Whatever your project, we're here to help make your investment in Scotland a success:

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