Scottish Enterprise (SE) is Scotland's economic development agency and aims to deliver a significant, lasting effect on the Scottish economy. SE's role is to help identify and exploit the best opportunities for economic growth. SE supports ambitious Scottish companies to compete within the global marketplace and help build Scotland’s globally competitive sectors. SE also works with a range of partners in the public and private sectors to attract new investment to Scotland and to help create a world-class business environment.
Tourism is identified as an important underpinning sector in the Scottish economy. An attractor of leisure and business visitors, Scotland’s compelling assets create a sense of place attractiveness making the country somewhere to work, invest and live. Business tourism is an important vehicle to grow economic impact both in the tourism sector from meetings, events and conferences but also to enhance Scotland’s profile. Knowledge exchange, innovation and professional advancement are all important by-products of business tourism. The opportunity to grow tourism revenues further, from the 40% of business visitors who return as leisure is another important opportunity which SE aim to optimise in line with their support for the delivery of Tourism Scotland 2020
Scottish Development International (SDI) is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which works to attract inward investment to Scotland and helps Scottish based companies to trade overseas. SDI are also a UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) partner organisation. UKTI is the UK government organisation that supports UK companies to trade worldwide, and helps overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in the UK. SDI provides support to international companies based in Scotland through inward investor support activities as well as helping Scottish companies to develop trade worldwide.