The Government Agency charged with expanding the Scottish economy and prosperity.
Scottish Enterprise work through a number of Local Enterprise Companies > (LEC's). In addition to the Web sites set up centrally for the Local Enterprise Companies, Glasgow Opportunities> has information on start-up services and business development.
There is a description of Scotland Europa> the partnership of Scottish Office/Scottish Enterprise and Scottish business with a representative office in Brussels.
In the north of Scotland HIE carry out a similar function to that of Scottish Enterprise in the rest of the country. HIE has pages on their Local Enterprise Companies> :
The Scottish Council Development and Industry is an independent, broadly based membership organisation which seeks to influence, shape and improve Scotlandís economy through the innovative, non-partisan public policies and the delivery of market driven services (trade missions are a particular strength of SCDI).
Business Enterprise Scotland (BES) is the co-ordinating body for the 20/30 Local Enterprise Trusts in Scotland. The Trusts promote economic development within their areas, often by providing training and support services for those starting up in business for the first time. The areas covered by the Trusts and their postal addresses are provided.
Aims to help you get the most from Scotlandís powerful knowledge-based industries. If you are looking for a Scottish business partner they can assist through their International Business Opportunities matchmaking service. They can helping to strike licensing deals between Scottish and overseas companies and universities and attract direct investment, concentrating on research, design and development projects with high knowledge content.
The Federation is a nationwide lobby group committed to the interests of all small businesses. They have a Scottish-based operation supporting their members in Scotland. The site provides an introduction to the Federation - and web pages accessible to members only.
This is an online trading system for members of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise. If you are a member of the chamber you can register on-line. A demonstration version of this system is available.
Acts as the "voice" of business throughout the region and supports the business community through raising issues raised by the business community and lobbying at local and national level.
The Edinburgh Junior Chamber of Commerce offers business, training and social opportunities to individuals aged 18 to 40. It is widely involved in a number of business and community-oriented projects including hosting the prestigious Young Scotland Awards Dinner. Edinburgh Junior Chamber of Commerce brings young business and professional people from capital cities all over Europe to the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, when they host Junior Chamber International's European Capitals Meeting.
Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is an education business partnership activity offering young people who are still at school, or college, the opportunity to form and run their own companies to develop enterprise and personal skills through "learning by doing". The site explains how to participate in YES.
This is a community of young people working to establish businesses on the Northern Periphery of Europe - Greenland, Iceland, Northern Norway, Russia, The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and Northern Sweden. Working with young people aged 16-25 years, the project develops the entrepreneurial potential of young people preparing them to start and run their own businesses.
Part of the Scottish Tourist Board site, the ConventionScotland assists organisers of conferences to plan for their event in Scotland. The site provides a point of contact, information on 240 venues of various sizes and locations and further brochures are obtainable, on request.
This organisation provides the expertise missing from a business where there are not in place, by supplying specific managers for each of the business functions. By using consultants with a wide breadth of experience they can both fulfil the missing function and either coach existing managers and directors or help ensure the best person is out-sourced. Expertise covers Financial, Legal, Accounting, Taxation, Marketing, HR, Manufacturing, Product Design & Patents as well as Management Support, Systems and Development.
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