Scottish Enterprise – Innovation By Design Grant

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GIVE YOUR BRAND THE BOOST IT DESERVES

So Christmas has come and gone, the new year is here and its back to the daily grind, but its not all bad news. With the new year also comes a new Scottish Enterprise design grant. The Grant which is available to all VAT registered businesses offers between £2000 and £5000 for companies to spend on Design and Branding.

The Grant can be used on design for Websites, Branding, Packaging, Marketing  and consultancy, all the fun stuff! Its a great step forward to see bodies such as Scottish enterprise recognising the importance of design and branding.

So, how do you go about getting it ?

WHO CAN APPLY ?

  • VAT registered companies in Scotland (except Highlands and Islands) looking to develop new products or services
  • You must be able to contribute at least 25% of the cost
  • You must be able to fund the project up front
  • You must be able to demonstrate the benefits of the project
  • While you don’t have to be trading, you do have to be VAT registered, and be able to describe how the grant will help take your product or service to market
  • If you’re a social enterprise company, you can still apply as long as you are trading and VAT registered

WHAT CAN YOU USE IT FOR ?

  • Design a new product or service or improve the design of existing products or services
  • Hire a designer to help improve your business processes
  • Updated branding and packaging as part of a larger innovation project, however this must not make up the whole of the project
  • External research providing information on customer needs and wants
  • Hire an expert to help write a design brief or prepare a design blueprint
  • Develop a more user-friendly approach to new product development
  • Hire an expert to help your business use design more effectively
  • Expert advice and feasibility studies
  • Designing and developing a website, as long as the website is part of a project and the costs don’t make up more than 10% of the grant amount.

DO YOU TICK ALL THE BOXES ?

If so then head over check out the application form on the Scottish enterprise website HERE.

We are always here to give you a helping hand with the application form and provide quotes and to help create something beautiful for you when its done.

Good Luck!

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