Annex 1: Publicly funded support for manufacturers in Scotland
|Where can I go to find public sector support for my business?||Find Business Support This service was established to help Scottish businesses find the public sector support they need from funding, advice and training to research information. Information is available for businesses of all sizes – from those thinking about starting a business to large, well established companies.
|What are the Scottish economic development agencies and what can they do for me?||Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and South of Scotland Enterprise
These are the three economic development agencies established to grow the Scottish economy by supporting investment, innovation, job creation and trade whilst driving fair work and excellence across all of Scotland's regions.
To find out what help is offered by these agencies, have a look above at 'Find Business Support' or visit:
|Where can I go to find skills support for myself and my business?||Skills Development Scotland (SDS)
SDS can help employers invest in skills, develop new talent using Fair Work practices, and get the right products to grow their business. To find out what help is offered by SDS, have a look at 'Find Business Support' or visit: https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/develop-your-workforce
|Where can I find help to make my business more efficient in processes and technology?||Scottish Enterprise's Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS)
SMAS supports businesses across manufacturing supply chains to improve productivity, competitiveness and resilience. Through a team of experienced practitioners, SMAS delivers impartial and tailored support on; efficiency savings, identification of Industry 4.0 solutions, strengthened supply chains, investment options at the right time and place, and coaching and mentoring to leadership teams to strengthen the culture of the business.
|Where can I go for support for my innovation projects as well as opportunities in digital?||National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), Scotland's Innovation Centres, and Advanced Manufacturing Challenge Fund (AMCF) projects NMIS can provide access to industry-leading expertise and resources that help de-risk innovation and solve real-world manufacturing and engineering challenges for companies regardless of size, sector or location. NMIS can also provide opportunities for businesses to connect to an international network of specialists and potential supply chain partners and collaborators.
Scotland's Innovation Centres can help increase the pace of innovation, and work with businesses to help them take their projects to the next level. Four of these Innovation Centres can support manufacturing businesses through providing expertise in sensing, data, biotechnology and construction.
SME manufacturers can also access free services to advance their capabilities under the AMCF projects delivering across Scotland. To find out more about each of these, visit:
|Where can I go to find out about UK funding opportunities?||Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)
Those looking for experienced input into an idea, product, service, research or challenge, can invite KTN to get involved. KTN can help with understanding markets and challenges whilst also providing information on the latest and most relevant funding opportunities. KTN connects ideas, people and communities to respond to challenges and drive positive change through innovation.
|Where can I go to find support and business opportunities for my low carbon energy business?||Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP)
The MSIP project will reinvent the Michelin site in Dundee to support innovation and manufacture in Sustainable Mobility, Decarbonisation and Low Carbon Energy through a mixture of manufacturing, innovative SMEs and supporting facilities. MSIP will work in creative partnerships with research institutions and through the attraction of innovative companies and skilled people.
|Where can I go to find out more about 5G and how this can help me and my business?||The Scotland 5G Centre
The Scotland 5G Centre can help businesses reap the benefits of 5G and provide information about how better connectivity can support the way we work, learn and connect. Participate in events, meet researchers, and find potential project and consortium partners through the community established by the Centre.