ScotlandIS building a thriving digital technology ecosystem in Scotland and supporting our members to grow nationally and internationally.
We bring real, tangible benefits and a whole lot of value to you.
Members join us because of our track record, our connections and authority within the industry. They join us because they know we can help them build their business and drive the industry forward.
It’s all about Community, Network and Voice.
Of course, you’ll get free access to almost all of our events, and the few that are chargeable are heavily discounted, you’ll get our bulletin every other week and the option to sign up to hear specific updates around data, cyber and mobility as a service.
WE SUPPORT – YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS
Whatever stage you are at, we can support and add value – and give you a real voice. Through our membership and clusters we have access to over 1000 companies across all aspects of tech in Scotland – but our reach is wider than that.
We believe digital technologies are the future and can power Scotland’s long-term economic success. We work to drive engagement across different sectors which are enabling Scotland, the industry and your business to grow.
If you need to contact someone, need help getting your company to the next stage, or there is a partner you would like to collaborate with, let us know and we’ll be happy to help and introduce you.
WE’RE CONNECTED – TO EVERY FACET OF PUBLIC LIFE
ScotlandIS has influence and connections within the industry, with Scottish and UK Governments and the public sector. The implications for business of our political lobbying and policy-making are far reaching, ranging from procurement to skills. The positive work we do benefits every business in the sector
We’re connected into both UK and Scottish Government at a strategic level, which gives us the ability to talk to those who matter most on the policies that matter to you.
We have a Policy Advisory Group which is made up of our industry members, Scottish and UK Government and public sector, and this gives us a strong voice and channel for our members’ to be heard.
We created the Digital Nation Challenge with the Scottish Government to ensure that industry had a voice and was able to help steer the strategic vision of Scotland as a Digital Nation, with industry we created the No One Left Behind initiative (now Connecting Scotland) a £20 million fund to get connectivity, devices and training to those citizens who did not have access. Through our partnership with Technology Scotland and the MaaS Scotland cluster, we successfully lobbied Transport Scotland to create a £1 million fund to pilot projects that will digitally transform journeys throughout Scotland.
WE HELP COLLABORATION – locally, nationally and internationally
We facilitate opportunities to help our members grow through collaboration, from our access to access relevant, focussed events to hear from acknowledged experts and keep your knowledge current, to small roundtables about subjects that impact you and your business the most.
We’re connected with clusters of technology companies throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond who are working on immersive tech, cleantech, cyber, data, software development and much more. We work with our partner organisation to create opportunities for collaboration, knowledge sharing and growth.
WE PROVIDE EXPOSURE – WITH CROSS SECTOR REACH
Through your membership and our network we can help you to raise awareness and strengthen your profile.
We work hard for you, we listen to you and provide opportunities to promote your business and collaborate across the membership and with potential customers.
We have a Cross Sector Advisory Group to bring new sector knowledge to our industry and open channels of communication and share business opportunities.
We’ll post any news, events or updates that you send us and spread the message far and wide. Member news and events are included in our bulletin every two weeks which has a readership of over 7000 people in financial services, oil and gas, the public sector, third sector, industry and academia.
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WE CAMPAIGN – ABOUT ISSUES CRITICAL TO YOUR SUCCESS
We know there is a critical shortage of skilled software and IT people in Scotland. Securing the talent of the future is high on our agenda. We are focused on connecting skilled people with business to realise potential.
Seen as forward-thinking and enabling, ScotlandIS advocates and encourages grass roots interest in computer science, increasing diversity and higher participation throughout the education system.
We lobbied successfully for the creation of the Skills Investment Plan for our sector, helped created CodeClan, the first digital skills academy in the UK, the creation of the Data Lab and through our ePlacement Scotland programme the placing of the first funded cohort of Master Data students in Scotland.
More recently we worked with Government to shape the Future Fund and other elements of support available to tech businesses to ensure that they not only survived but thrived through the pandemic.
We asked Scottish Government to ensure the voice of the SME was heard in the Economic Advisory Committee review, we met with Ms Hyslop to ensure the voice of our industry was heard.
We input to the Logan report and wrote to Scottish Government to highlight the digital shift needed in Education in Scotland at a strategic and national level.
WE’RE INFORMED – MAKE SURE YOU ARE
The digital technologies industry impacts every other sector. We assess emerging trends and bring together knowledge, events and insights from leading experts to enable all businesses to understand and make informed decisions to drive growth.
ScotlandIS brings intelligent influence to national strategic debates. We speak with authority across the spectrum of issues that surround the information revolution.
We also have a range of business benefits that you and your team can take advantage of – from discounted travel to business essentials like insurance, password management and accounting software to assistance with organising and hosting events. These benefits help with the effective and efficient running of your business.