The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

We work with all types of organisations: from global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) all the way through to local manufacturing companies.

We’re at the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing research and development sector and are the country’s only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre; one of only seven in the UK.

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.

We established the Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank Growth Finance team  in 2011 to support innovative businesses by ensuring they have the opportunity to access the funding they need to accelerate growth.

Our dedicated team of specialists focuses solely on supporting high-growth businesses that have invested in their intellectual property and software assets. Our UK-wide team has a comprehensive understanding of the financial challenges which these companies encounter, gleaned from working closely with management teams and equity investors. This gives us deep insight into the unique circumstances in which these types of scale-up companies operate.”

For further information visit us at cbonline.co.uk/growthfinance. Lending subject to status, 18+, security may be required.

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.

The ETP is a unique alliance of 12 Scottish universities providing world-class capability and resources in energy Research Development and Demonstration (RD&D). ETP coordinates leading energy research across 12 key themes, developing a research case that creates value for the Scottish economy and supports the Scottish Government in achieving its goals in the energy sector.

ETP through its Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN), helps to increase SME capability in low carbon technical innovation, and enhances connectivity between SMEs and Universities and through the Energy Industry Doctorate Programme, ETP supports the energy sector with the skills it needs to maximise industrial growth opportunities.

Gizmo are product design, rendering and animation experts who help businesses of all sizes to improve and upgrade their marketing, brand, presentation and product design with top quality, photorealistic CGI animations and renders.

Key specialties include helping businesses to:

  • Visualise and demonstrate concepts prior to production (e.g. when meeting with investors)
  • Explain complex technologies
  • Tailor your sales pitch to your customer (their branding on your product)
  • Create exciting sales materials (web content and brochure images)

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 and Innovation 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.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation is a ground-breaking, new facility created by the STFC in partnership with the University of Edinburgh which will apply business incubation best practice to big data, astronomy, particle physics and space technology.  It will also support SMEs with access to a state-of-the-art NanoSat test facility.

The Business Incubation Centre will include a comprehensive support package – including access to expertise and facilities – for successful applicant companies to develop new products and services. The facilities at the Centre, designed for collaborative use, will include a comprehensive suite of space test facilities for micro/nano-satellites and components, as well as other specialist facilities.

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.

Interface connects organisations of all sizes, from all sectors, to the right academic expertise for increased R&D activity leading to the creation and development of new products, services and processes.

Their free and impartial service has helped hundreds of organisations to become more competitive enabling them to increase their profits, maximise their export potential and ultimately become more sustainable.

Interface can help organisations access a range of funding options to offset the cost of their project and with team members on the ground, from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, they can help businesses wherever they are, whatever their need.

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.

Murgitroyd is a firm of UK and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys headquartered in Scotland Street, Glasgow.

We support and work with start-ups, SMEs, Universities and large corporates at all stages of the Innovation Life Cycle.

If you are new to Intellectual Property we will provide practical advice on how to create value from your ideas. If you already have Intellectual Property rights we can IP audit your company and accompany you on your innovation journey.

If you are thinking internationally, with representation rights in 16 countries we can support your international expansion and protect your ideas and brands in all your export markets.

Contact us at mail@murgitroyd.com

RSE Enterprise Fellowships support promising science and technology researchers to develop into successful entrepreneurs.

Awardees can focus solely on refining their business ideas whilst receiving one year’s salary, expert training in entrepreneurship and access to mentorship from business Fellows of the RSE and other successful entrepreneurs in the business community.

Since 1997, over 200 individuals have benefitted from this highly prestigious programme which is supported by Scottish Enterprise, BBSRC, STFC and QuantiC.

RSE Enterprise Fellows are:

  • Funded for a year
  • Supported by the most cutting-edge business training available in the UK
  • Mentored by Fellows of the RSE and successful entrepreneurs in the business community
  • Entitled to access up to £10k development funding

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.

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) stimulates and co-funds projects that address industry challenges and enable companies to increase reuse, repair and remanufacture in their operations.

SIR works across all Scottish Universities and with companies of all sizes, in various sectors to increase innovation in remanufacturing.

SIR can connect businesses with academic partners offering state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and expertise that otherwise may have been inaccessible.  SIR also offers workshops and events to share knowledge across the remanufacturing community.

Funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland and hosted at the University of Strathclyde, the institute is a global centre of excellence in remanufacturing.

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.

SP Energy Networks is part of the ScottishPower Group of companies. We provide power on behalf of supply companies through a network of cables and power lines that we own and maintain.

We’re dedicated to delivering a safe and reliable electricity supply to all of our customers 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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

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.

Scotland’s world-class universities drive innovation and are experienced in the commercialisation of research and technology.

University Technology is a unique collaboration of Scotland’s universities to showcase new technology opportunities which are available from each of the 19 member universities. The easy to use website provides a single location to enable companies and investors from business and industry to find these new and exciting technology transfer opportunities.

The universities have a broad range of expertise across all sectors which is reflected in the many technology opportunities currently available.

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.