Monday, 29 February 2021 09:05

Scottish Investment Bank to get £21.5 million more to invest

Greater help is to be offered to small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland, with plans to expand the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB).

The move follows the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government commitment to create a Business Development Bank (BDB) to address the gaps in the market for finance for SMEs, and will see an allocation of £21.5 million made available in Financial Transactions funds.

Scottish Enterprise have been asked to prepare a plan for creating the Business Development Bank services by expanding the remit of SIB and they will report before the end of the Parliamentary session next month.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:

“We made a commitment to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized businesses in Scotland, which have found it more difficult to gain access to funding in recent years.

“Small business is the engine of our economy and it is a national responsibility to try to provide an even playing field to help them grow.

“The challenge we face is how to establish the most appropriate investment approach, given the UK Government accounting arrangements within which we are required to work, and ensure Scotland remains a strong, vibrant, diverse and opportunity-rich economy.

“The priority for Scottish businesses is to ensure we offer as wide a range of help as possible, with targeted approaches to expand access to finance.

“I believe the best approach to creating the Scottish Business Development Bank is to enhance the remit of the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) and for Scottish Enterprise to offer a wider range of business investment approaches, addressing some of the marketplace gaps to improve the supply of funding.

“Additional activity could include providing support to a broader number and range of businesses, offering and enabling loans, and potentially guarantees, alongside equity products, and providing an enhanced financial readiness service.

“I am pleased that, despite a tough financial settlement, I have been able to use the draft budget to allocate £21.5m of Financial Transactions funding to Scottish Enterprise in 2016-17 to help in developing the SIB to meet its new objectives. Scottish Enterprise have committed to reporting back with initial plans before Parliament dissolves next month.

“Our approach will help to ensure support for company growth, particularly to scale up existing small companies to become the medium and larger enterprises Scotland needs, as well as increasing exporting, innovation, and investment and supporting the business finance market to work more effectively.”

Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, Dr Lena Wilson said:

“Building on Scottish Enterprise’s strong track record of delivering innovative interventions, such as the Scottish Co-Investment Funds and the Scottish Loan Fund, we will focus on a response which addresses both supply and demand issues relating to increasing the available funding options and helping companies to successfully raise funding.

“This will include improving the accessibility of information on the sources of available finance and increasing the diversity of funding options available to SMEs.

“The establishment of the Business Development Bank will augment the offering available to companies right across Scotland and we look forward to working with both public sector bodies and private sector providers to deliver this ambition.”

If you liked that article you may be interested in these -

  • Scotland’s Best Outdoors Show Arrives at AECC Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) are looking forward to welcoming the ‘Scotland’s Best Outdoors’ show to the Centre this weekend (9th and 10th March 2013). This inaugural exhibition takes place in the AECC Arena and celeb...
  • Top ten tips on how to get ahead with social commerce Author: Rene Looper, Founder and Managing Director of Tuminds Ltd 1. Use your online audience as your marketers – customers trust people they know above brands, so it is important to encourage your target market to share your product content with ...
  • Spotlight on leaders at Chamber event The north-east’s business leaders will be urged to reflect upon the key characteristics the region’s next leaders must master at an event next month. Marianne Abib-Pech, former CFO of Shell Aviation turned writer and entrepreneur, is speaking at a...


* indicates required
Subscribe to city headline alert
The Soap Factory

The Soap Factory - the Aberdeen home of Flexible Working.

Aberdeen, Aberdeen City View details


  • Facebook Page: 165971433539526
  • Twitter: SBNAberdeen
  • YouTube: aberdeenbusiness

Scottish Business News Network (SBNN)
111 Gallowgate
AB25 1BU

T - 01224 619751

E - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you liked that article you may be interested in these -

Emeli Sande’s musical success recognised with Arts & Business Scotland award

Read Full Article »