CEO is Scotland’s dedicated provider of business support to the Creative Industries. Operating as a non-for-profit social enterprise delivering high quality advice, information, events, masterclasses and bespoke programmes to thousands of Creative Practitioners, Entrepreneurs, Micro-Enterprises and Creative Businesses all across Scotland, Europe and Internationally.

Our clients cover the full breadth of the creative industries, including the arts, screen and television sectors, and the wider creative industries, including design, fashion, digital media, music and publishing as well as established cultural organisations and businesses.

CodeClan is Scotland’s first accredited digital skills academy. Industry-led and government backed, CodeClan opened its doors in October 2015 and expects to produce 1000 graduates in its first three years and over 600 graduates annually by 2018. The aim is to create a new pool of digital talent that will allow Scotland’s vibrant tech sector to flourish and drive the economy.

CodeClan is a core component of the Scottish Government’s Digital Skills Investment Plan to tackle the serious and escalating skills shortage in the digital technologies economy. Forecasts suggest there could be up to 11,000 job opportunities each year in ICT and digital technology.

CodeClan is a fully independent social enterprise with support from the Scottish Government, Scotland’s digital industry trade body, Scotland IS and Skills Development Scotland.

Glasgow City Council  is Scotland’s largest local authority and delivers services to over 60,000 customers – citizens, businesses and visitors.

Glasgow City Council’s mission is to make Glasgow flourish as a modern, multi-cultural, metropolitan city of opportunity, achievement, culture and sporting excellence where citizens and businesses thrive and visitors are always welcome.

Glasgow City of Science is a pioneering partnership that aims to ensure everybody in the city region benefits from science and technology. It recognises the importance of communicating science as part of Glasgow and the West of Scotland’s heritage and culture.

The emergence of the Glasgow City of Science initiative signalled a commitment from multi-sector partners to work smarter together to leverage the region’s scientific potential as a major driver of sustainable economic development. It is based in Scotland’s largest city, which is a focus for innovation and great place to invest. A city with great people and a high level of education and skills. A city committed to the growth sectors of the economy, all of which have a science element.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland and is home to around 450,000 people.

HIE’s role is to develop sustainable economic growth across the region. To achieve this it creates infrastructure for future investment, assists large and small businesses with growth aspirations and has a unique role strengthening communities, particularly in fragile areas. As part of this HIE supports communities to acquire and develop land and other assets. HIE supports the growth ambitions of business and social enterprise clients working through an account management model in order to accelerate growth in turnover, profitability, wage levels, exports and therefore gross value added (GVA) in the HIE area.

HIE also invests in transformational projects across the region aiming to make the Highlands and Islands a more competitive and attractive place to live, work, study and grow.

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovative agency. We are a transformative agent for change in the UK economy, driving disruptive innovation and inspiring, supporting and helping to grow innovative businesses.

Most successful businesses understand the importance of protecting their intellectual property. Intellectual property protects brand names, new inventions, new designs and creative work.

Intellectual Property will account for a large part of the value of most businesses. The IPO will explain the four main areas of intellectual property (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and give you actions to take to move forward.

Find out how to make the most of your business’s IP– 70% of delegates who attended acted upon the information they received.

Find out about copyright ownership – In a recent survey, 74% of businesses were unsure who owned the IP rights to their website, logo, artwork, photos.

Jumping Rivers helps companies get the most out of their data. Many businesses forget that data is a precious, often untapped, commodity. If you want to predict future growth, detect fraud, or optimise your marketing campaign, then use your data.

Jumping Rivers works with small start-ups, world-class universities and large multinational companies. Our consultants have an excellent technical background, and experience across a range of sectors. We provide both training and consultancy in data analytics. All of our tools are free and open-source; no
expensive licenses.

If you have data sitting doing nothing, please get in touch!

Marks & Clerk has Scottish offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and is the UK’s largest firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. We work with innovative enterprises – from start-ups and SMEs to universities and multinationals – helping them to protect their intellectual property and maximise its value.

Our patent professionals all have technical backgrounds and advise on maximising the value of new technologies across the spectrum of innovation. Our trade mark attorneys work across a wide range of sectors to protect and exploit the value of brands.

Scotland CAN DO is our statement of intent to be a world-leading entrepreneurial and innovative nation: a CAN DO Place for business. Developed and delivered jointly with partners across public, private and third sectors, it embodies a shared vision where growth and innovation go hand-in-hand with wider benefits to all of society. Crucially it involves a focus on the entrepreneurial mindset and on building a confident collaborative culture where enterprise is seen as a valid and viable option for all.

See www.cando.scot for details and to get involved.

Social Investment Scotland is a charity and social enterprise that provides loans to other charities, social enterprises and community groups across Scotland. we provide funding for social enterprises by borrowing money from a variety of sources, and lending it out at affordable interest rates on flexible terms.

Our mission is simple. We aim to make a lasting, sustainable impact on communities, by helping organisations continue doing the great work they do or expand on that work. Since 2001 we’ve invested over £56 million in over 270 organisations across Scotland, and we continue to manage the largest social enterprise fund in the country.

Scottish Enterprise (SE) is Scotland’s economic development agency, funded by the Scottish Government. Our aim is to position Scotland as an innovative high wage, high productivity economy that competes in international markets and focuses on high value goods and services.

If you want to work with the public sector, the Supplier Development Programme (SDP) can help. SDP offers training and support for SME’s and the third sector on all aspects of the tender process.

Training is delivered both face to face across Scotland and via webinar. Courses accommodate businesses who have never tendered before through to experienced bidders looking to improve. All training and support is free of charge to help you win more work and grow your business.

Topics include:

  • Finding opportunities
  • Completing ESPD
  • Quick Quotes
  • Frameworks
  • Collaborative working

Find out more at www.sdpscotland.co.uk

Technology Scotland is the leading cluster organisation for emerging and enabling technologies in Scotland. We bring like-minded companies together to network, solve problems, drive economic development and build supply chains.

Technology Scotland supports its members by:

  • Connecting them to companies, organisations and other institutes that are engaged in emerging and enabling technology, both in Scotland and internationally
  • Managing special interest groups based around key technologies, markets and capabilities, such as the Scottish Optoelectronics Association (SOA), Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and Compound Semiconductors Scotland (CCSS)
  • Hosting frequent events, conferences and workshops
  • Promoting members through marketing activity, as well as offering speaking and sponsorship opportunities
  • Lobbying to the government on its members’ behalf

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological University with a world-leading reputation for working successfully with businesses and organisations.  The University is keen to help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) realise their full business potential, and working in partnership can lead to the development of new products, processes and services, resulting in immediate and long-term business benefits.

The University of Strathclyde’s new Technology & Innovation Centre is designed to increase partnership working, and our Innovation Strategy 2015 confirms Strathclyde’s position as the UK’s leading university in the field of innovation.

Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of a Papal Bull in 1413.

The university is now one of Europe’s most research intensive seats of learning – over a quarter of its turnover comes from research. It is one of the top rated universities in Europe for teaching quality, student satisfaction, research and impact and is consistently ranked among the UK’s top five in leading independent league tables.

The Urban Big Data Centre is a UK-wide data service for those who want to use big data to address urban challenges. We provide:

  • Access to a wide spectrum of data.
  • Data management support for researchers who want to use our data resources.
  • Data acquisition services for researchers including data discovery, licensing, capture and extraction.
  • Consultative support for data owners who wish to share data with our user community.
  • Training and skills development including technical, methodological and policy-focused sessions.
  • Knowledge partnerships and innovation with organisations to scope and develop solutions for substantive urban issues, both local and global.