OrganisationServices OfferedWebsiteTelephone No.Email
Scottish Enterprise

SE support business with significant and long term growth potential.

Company support is focused around a number of areas:

Strategy Development - support for companies to develop strategies in all areas of their operations, support includes:
- Strategy development days
- Leadership programmes
- Best practise visits

Market Development – Support for companies to develop new or existing markets, channels to market and sales & marketing functions, support includes:
- Develop sales and marketing strategies
- Supporting companies look at new channels to market, particularly the emerging digital marketing channel
- Embed sales and marketing skills through group programmes
- Exhibitions and learning journeys as a stepping stone to international trade

Business Improvement – Support for companies to improve productivity through more efficient processes, support includes:
- Events and workshops - raising awareness and stimulating action
- Support projects that improve productivity and efficiency by the uptake of new technology and leaner processes
- Embedding the tools and techniques through our LEAN Management Thinking programme (non manufacturing)
- Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS)

Innovation – Support companies develop new products, processes and services, with an increased focus on markets and ideas with the greatest global potential, support includes:

- Events and workshops – stimulating activity
- Support for new product, process and service development feasibility, research, prototyping, production and product launch
- R&D support – Industrial research and experimental development
- SMART – Pre production prototyping with a high level of technical innovation

SE provides capital and expertise that will enable more Scottish companies to develop and grow from a Scottish base. Support is designed to complement and enhance existing private sector provision by sharing risk with the private sector

http://www.scottish-enterprise.com0845 607 8787
South Ayrshire CouncilLoans and grants 123 0900
East Ayrshire Council, Economic DevelopmentFinancial support in the form of business development loans & grants and to use public sector finance as means of levering in new private investment to businesses. 503231
North Ayrshire Council Economic Development

Loans & Grants North Ayrshire Council Economic Development Loans and grants
- Up to 50% grant support in areas such as e-commerce, training and wage subsidies.
- West of Scotland Loan Fund

http://www.northayrshire.com01294 225169
West of Scotland Loan FundThe West of Scotland Loan Fund (WSLF). WSLF is a unique consortium of twelve west of Scotland Local Authorities working together to provide loan finance to new and existing small to medium sized enterprises within the west of Scotland 554851
Ayrshire Loan FundRetail, Tourism, Food & Drink


Did you know, loans of up to £50,000 are available for you business?

The Ayrshire Loan Fund will support new and growing businesses based in Ayrshire that are unable to attract the level of investment required to get their projects off the ground. The Fund will be actively promoted to businesses operating in the tourism, retail and food and drink sectors.

For further information contacts for Local Authority areas listed:

Carol Andrew - 01563 503231

Steve Cuthbert
01294 225172

Calum McPhail
01292 616077
The Scottish EdgeScottish EDGE is a competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s up-and-coming, innovative, high-growth potential entrepreneurial talent.

The competition is made up of four categories; Scottish EDGE, for companies of all sectors and stages; Higgs EDGE, a special technology award aimed at entrepreneurs who have an engineering, science or technology based business and have a product, or product under development, which is scalable and capable of globalisation; Young EDGE, for companies where all directors are under the age of 30; and WildCard EDGE, for companies who are currently pre-trading.

Queries can be directed to 317 0031
Scottish Seed FundEquity funding for seed and start-up stage SME's at the end phase of product development and/or commercialisation.

Who qualifies for this investment?
Early stage Scottish companies with growth or export potential. Priority will be given to businesses demonstrating high-growth potential by launching new products, entering new or export markets and increasing employment. The company must be in an approved business sector and fall within the EC's definition of an SME.

How much funding is available?
SSF can invest between £20,000 and £250,000. The business must demonstrate that it has explored other funding sources, secure at least one external equity investor and match at least 50% of its financing requirements through private sector sources.
Enterprise Capital Fund ProgrammeCommercial funds which bring together private and UK Government money to make equity investments.

Who qualifies for this investment?
Early-stage innovative SME's with high growth potential.

Where do I go for more information?
Companies seeking equity investment are advised to contact a fund manager with a relevant investment focus, a list of which is available on the Capital for Enterprise website below:
SMART: Scotland GrantGrants to support innovation that represents technological advance for the UK industry or sector concerned and which have a commercial input. Grants are available for SMEs throughout Scotland.

What type of project is eligible?
Funding can be used to undertake a technical and commercial feasibility studies or to develop a pre-production prototype of a new product or process. Grants are only available to SMEs or for individuals planning to set up a business, and university spin-out companies, provided they are based in Scotland or planning to set up in Scotland.

How much of a guarantee is available?
The maximum grant for commercial and feasibility studies is £100,000 at up to 75% intervention and for pre-production prototypes and processes funding is up to £600,000 at a maximum intervention of 35%. 607 8787
Creative Scotland FundingGrants for individuals artists and art organisations in Scotland.

What type of project is eligible?
Funds are distributed via a variety of programmes divided by activity (rather than art form). Each programmes has its own application criteria. Open Funds support business start ups. Some examples of how Open Funds are categorised are offered below:

- Innovation - aimed at digital content development
- International - aimed at promotion of creative practitioner's work internationally
- Talent Incubators - aimed at leveraging talent into start-ups
- Quality Production - aimed at supporting music recording
- Arts Programming - aimed a supporting live music performances

Where do I go for more information?
Details relating to individual programmes are available by visiting the website below: 603 6000