Small Business Saturday: Digital support for small businesses
Small Business Saturday is an excellent opportunity to reflect on the many ways that digital is already helping Scotland’s small businesses to grow – and it goes without saying that innovation is at the very heart of this.
The Scottish Government is committed to giving small businesses access to cutting-edge research and technology to help them increase productivity and competiveness. Our investment in Innovation Centres, as well as facilitating access to academia by helping to fund Interface and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, is part of this – and something that I am very proud to be able to support in my role.
We are also working closely to equip small businesses with the technology to thrive in the modern digital economy. Schemes like Digital Boost and the £2 million ‘Digital Development loan’ are helping small businesses with their digital capabilities, processes and skills. I hope this investment continues to enable small businesses to improve their digital footprint and to succesfully compete in the global marketplace.
Finally, given our digital sector contributes billions to the Scottish economy and is forecast to be the fastest growing sector in Scotland by 2024, we will continue to work with businesses to ensure they have the support needed to invest in their company, their staff and their digital future. This is important on Small Business Saturday – and beyond.