Scottish Enterprise ‘By Design’ Grant

14th January 2016 by Lauren Pearson | News & Events

A New Year means a New You and if one of your resolutions for 2016 is to work on your design, branding or packaging then you are in luck, as Scottish Enterprise’s By Design grant can contribute between £2,000 and £5,000 to help you design new products, processes or services or to help you improve the design of existing products, processes or services.

Interested? Have a little look below to see if this is the opportunity for you:

Am I eligible to apply?

  • You must be a VAT registered company 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

So, what could I use the grant 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

Is there anything I can’t use it for?

  • Travel costs

  • Capital expenditure, including ICT hardware

  • Core business training, such as staff induction or standard office software applications

  • Repayment or provision of loans or grants

  • Costs to meet regulatory requirements in the UK, such as health and safety requirements

  • Ongoing maintenance contracts

  • Salary costs or staff recruitment costs, including the design or placement of recruitment adverts or promotional materials

  • Printing costs, such as brochures or leaflets

  • Software for your business, such as office software or operating system licences

  • Printing and production costs for marketing collateral

  • Contractors outwith the EU

Unfortunately you can’t apply for the grant if you have previously received or are receiving funding from Scottish Enterprise or any other public sector body for the project; if you’re a Scottish Enterprise account managed company or Business Gateway Growth Pipeline company or if you have previously received ‘By Design’ or ‘Make it to Market’ support.

If you think you might fit the requirements and all this sounds like something you’d like to hear more about, or if you’re already sold on applying – you can double check your eligibility here.

If you’re not eligible or if you’re not sure if this is quite for you, but you’d still like to chat to someone about your website design or your content strategy, drop us an email at – we’ll put the kettle on.

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