Harnessing the value of data for business and communities

Key points:

  • £300 million investment in data driven innovation through the Edinburgh and South East Region City Deal
  • 31.5 million over 3 years to support Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF in partnership with UNICEF, The Data Lab and the University of Edinburgh.
  • Up to £13.5 million to support the next phase of The Data Lab Innovation Centre to cement Scotland’s position as a global data leader
  • We have invested over £500,000 to help private and third sector organisations to become more resilient through achieving cyber essentials certification.

We are investing £300 million in the Edinburgh City Deal which, with other partners will deliver an overall £1.3 billion investment to unlock the region’s potential to become a global powerhouse in data driven innovation.

Our investment in The Data Lab and Censis will promote digitisation across our industries and help address the digital and data skills gap.

We have committed up to £10 million for the Digital Health and Care Institute to continue their work driving innovation within this fast growing sector.

Since 2014, we have provided Skills Development Scotland with £10.5 million to deliver a digital skills programme including support for CodeClan, an industry-led digital skills academy. Courses are being delivered in Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow. Organisations like CodeClan are changing the fortunes of many.

Our £36 million Digital Growth Fund has kicked off with interest free loans to businesses wanting to invest in digital equipment and skills. And we are supporting our Digital Boost programme to give advice and support that improves the level of digital maturity amongst businesses in every part of Scotland.

The importance of, and global demand for cyber security services and expertise will continue to grow exponentially. We are providing advice and support for workplace training on cyber security and financial support for smaller businesses and charities to put critical controls in place.

We have provided seed funding of over £350,000 to support the development of Scotland’s growing cyber cluster, and £250,000 for cyber resilience innovation calls that will help to support fresh thinking across our public and private sectors and meet the future challenges that our society will face.

We will help to grow the cyber security industry in Scotland by providing funding that will support Scotland in their role as a cluster management organisation to formalise and develop Scotland’s cyber cluster We will also support defined learning pathways into cyber security careers (including for career changers) and support for children and young people to develop key cyber skills.

We are also embarking on a programme of work to capture the economic opportunities of the Internet of Things for all sectors of our economy.

We have also invested over £500,000 to help private and third sector organisations become more resilient through achieving cyber essentials certification.

Key resources:

Innovation Centres

Edinburgh and South East Scotland Region City Deal

Data Collaboratives

Skills Development Scotland


Scottish Government: Digital support for businesses