Scottish Enterprise Business Grant

Scottish Enterprise Grant

At present, Scottish Enterprise are offering a grant of up to £5K to small and medium sized companies to fund 70% of the cost of improving business performance through people-centred change in your business.


There are 3 stages to your Business getting this fund, that 2 Balance can help you achieve.


 

Stage 1.  Connection with Scottish Enterprise
Confirm that your company is applicable to be awarded the grant through discussion with Caroline McCoy and obtain a Business Gateway Adviser by arranging an appointment.  Click this link for more information.

 

The main points are:
You are a small-to-medium VAT-registered business in Scotland forecast to turn-over an additional £200,000 over three years


You are NOT an account-managed company or Business Gateway Growth Pipeline company, as these companies are provided with other forms of support


To arrange a meeting with Business Gateway Adviser, call: 
Al Bryce 07710 385 208
al.bryce@edinburgh.gov.uk
 
Scottish Enterprise will meet you at your place of work to introduce themselves and tell you a little about what they do. This will take 40 mins to 60 mins, and is all that is required to confirm your eligibility for the grant.


Stage 2.  Application for Grant
2 Balance Consulting will request some information from you regarding your company and will then complete the Application Form on your behalf.  2 Balance will then return the form to you to submit to Scottish Enterprise.  Your application will be reviewed and you will be informed if you are successful within 15 working days. Once approved you can start work on your project.


Stage 3.  How to receive Payment
Once the project is complete and your invoice to 2 Balance is settled,  you will be emailed a 2 page form from Scottish Enterprise.  2 Balance will complete the form on your behalf and return it to you to submit.   Payment of the £5,000 (i.e. 70% of total cost) will be made direct to you from Scottish Enterprise within 10 working days.

Case Study


An Edinburgh based Service Sector organisation wanted to improve business performance through people-centred change.


2 Balance Consulting undertook the following:
 

PEOPLE
Review of Culture
A review of leadership and Organisational Culture focusing on elements that were enhancing a positive culture and those that were diminishing a positive culture.


Team Development
Team Development Sessions, to increase the team’s awareness of strengths and development areas, develop skills in handling clients and working together more effectively.


Coaching
MD and Manager had 3 x 2 hour coaching sessions focusing on developing the skills necessary to lead and grow the business.

PRACTICE
Introduction of the following:

  • Staff Handbook

  • Full Employment Contracts

  • SMART Objects and Development plans

PLACE
A Review of the office environment to identify what improvements staff wanted to enhance their working environment. This resulted in an introduction of improved low cost facilities, a clear desk policy and appointment of a staff member to take care of the office environment.


OUTCOMES

  • Increase in profit growth

  • Staff reporting greater levels of involvement and motivation

  • Increase in skill level across the business

  • Increase in efficiency and productivity

  • Increase in professionalism

  • Overall a more positive culture and environment