Meet the Expert

Looking to build your digital enterprise? Our Meet the Expert programme gives registered delegates the chance to pre-book free, 1-2-1 appointments with some of Scotland’s leading agencies and support bodies. Whether you have a technical challenge; are looking for investment to fund your digital transformation or have specific questions around data analytics, sensors, IoT, the circular economy and more, then book a slot with one of our experts.

Participating companies are detailed below together with their session summaries. Meanwhile expert names and biographies can be accessed on the main dashboard menu.

When you are ready to book your appointment, you can do this via your own Meeting Diary. You can access this Diary at any time using this link which will allow you to book, cancel or change any appointments.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.

We work with all types of organisations: from global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) all the way through to local manufacturing companies. 

The centre has a recently established Digital Manufacturing team which is growing rapidly. The team has expertise in virtual reality, Industry 4.0, robotics and automation in addition to working with Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service to support Scottish companies interested in adopting these technologies.

Book a slot with our experts Sheena and Stuart to see the AFRC could help your business.

Business Loans Scotland is a consortium of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, providing loan finance up to £100,000 to new and growing small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) across Scotland.

Business Loans Scotland will be able to substantially increase the supply of loan capital to new and existing, small and medium sized businesses across Scotland. This innovative public-private partnership fund aims to help accelerate the growth of businesses in Scotland, complementing other private and public sector forms of funding, creating valuable increase in SMEs.

For more information and to apply online visit

CENSIS is the industry-driven centre of excellence for sensor systems and IoT. We help companies generate economic growth by transforming ideas into new products or services, or breaking into new markets.

We work with companies of all sizes and across a range of market sectors. We can help you identify and deliver innovation in to your business; either working with our own in-house engineering experts or in a wider partnership with the Scottish research base.

We offer a supportive and business-friendly environment to help you respond to technical challenges in your organisation. Come and chat with us.

The Data Lab is here to revolutionise Scottish industry in how it develops and applies cutting-edge analytics and data science.

We are here to strengthen Scotland’s local industry and transfer world-leading research, in informatics and computer science, into the marketplace.

Speak to our Data Science expert, Matthew Higgs, to see how we can help your business.

Making Fife the Best Place to do Business

Fife Council’s Economic Development Team supports enterprise and business development through programmes, partnerships and networks. Book a slot with our expert to see how we can help.

Services offered include:

  • Developing a modern business infrastructure: making investments to promote growth
  • Business Start-up and Entrepreneurship: enterprise in education; start-up advisory support and expert help
  • Business Growth: provision of advisory services; expert help and access to finance to develop new markets; growing sales & improving performance
  • Business Land and Property: services employment land sites located throughout Fife; portfolio of managed business property available for lease
  • Investment Support: tailored solutions for businesses looking to invest in Fife
  • Supply-chain development: industry insight; strategic expertise; procurement skills & support and sector solutions

HSSMI offers Engineering/Consultancy Services, Collaborative Research Projects and Membership across our four thematic areas: Virtual Engineering (Digital Manufacturing); Circular Value Chains (Circular Economy); Data Analytics and Manufacturing of New Technologies.

We are sector agnostic and have delivered projects for the automotive, marine, electronics, oil & gas, built environment and food and drink sectors.

Book an appointment with Dr David Stewart, Manager for Digital Manufacturing and Circular Economy, and the overall lead for building the business unit in Scotland.

Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK’s network partner, providing innovation networking for other funders in line with its mission to drive UK growth.

KTN’s independent innovation experts work with you to connect you to the partners, enablers and funders that will be most appropriate for you, drawing on our extensive network and deep knowledge across sectors.

We also specialise in facilitating collaborative projects, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.  For over 40 years KTPs have been helping businesses access the UK’s world-leading research base to innovate and grow.

A KTP helps your business to build a close, effective link with an academic partner, to deliver a pre-specified project and to embed a new, lasting, capability.

Interface connects organisations of all sizes, from all sectors, to the right academic expertise for increased research and development (R&D) activity leading to the creation and development of new products, services and processes. Since 2005 our impartial service has helped hundreds of organisations to become more competitive, enabling them to increase their profits, maximise export potential and ultimately become more sustainable.

Booking a slot with one of our experts will show how you can grow your business through academic links through many avenues of support from accessing the latest university developed technologies and specialist facilities to meeting academics who are experts in their field. We also facilitate groups of businesses and academics working together to tackle industry sector challenges.

Quality Scotland provides the expertise and resources that organisations need to deliver continuous performance improvement, in order to help them to gain real and sustainable competitive advantage.

We offer a wealth of training products from Lean and Benchmarking through to Facilitation and Project Management, and because we are a charitable foundation our prices are kept at a cost-effective level.

We are the only national partner for EFQM, the European Foundation for Quality Management, and thus the only organisation in Scotland which can deliver EFQM training and accreditation. EFQM is a model used by upwards of 30,000 organisations across Europe and increasingly into Asia too.

If you would like more information about how we can help your organisation to deliver excellent results and sustainable growth, please book a slot with us.

Remanufacturing is key to driving forward the circular economy in Scotland.

Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) enables businesses to increase reuse, repair and remanufacture in manufacturing operations reducing costs, energy use and environmental impact.

SIR co-funds collaborative projects between universities and businesses to increase the amount of remanufacturing conducted, or to improve current remanufacturing operations. Funding between £5,000 and £50,000 is available.

SIR can connect businesses with academic partners offering state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and expertise that otherwise may have been inaccessible.

Come and speak to us.

Grant Appraisal Team 

If you are planning on making a significant capital investment ( £100k + ) in new technologies and or plant and equipment, which will help create and secure jobs and make your business more productive, the Grant Appraisal team can offer advice on how Scottish Enterprise can financially support your project. Come and speak to us to find out what support is available.

Innovation Specialists

SE’s Innovation Specialists work directly with companies with the aim of helping them to develop and bring new products to market (both technically and commercially). This extends well beyond just working on tangible products but also to new services, processes and business model offerings.

Scottish Investment Bank

The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) is the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise. SIB works closely with Scotland’s high-growth SMEs helping them to effectively plan, identify, prepare for, and secure, the most appropriate growth funding to help realise their ambitions. They also assist companies who require funding advice and support when faced with trading challenges.

SMART/R&D Grants Team

The SMART/R&D grants team at  Scottish Enterprise work with companies across Scotland to advise on a range of potential funding mechanisms, identifying opportunities to help companies develop new or improved products, processes and services.

Sustainability Specialists 

Scottish Enterprise Sustainability Specialists work directly with companies to identify and deliver projects that will improve environmental performance while gaining a business benefit. Support provided by the team can help businesses manage their resources, work more efficiently, identify risks, improve their profile and discover new product and market opportunities.

Workplace Innovation 

Our Workplace Innovation Team helps to deliver ‘people centred change’ by embedding fair and responsible business practices.  They can advise on a range of topics from employee engagement; leadership development and succession planning through to performance management techniques, job design and recruitment and retention.

The Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM) brings together the leading experts in Operations Management and Advanced Manufacturing from Strathclyde’s Business School and Faculty of Engineering to establish Operations Management as a strategic resource with a view to innovating and underpinning best practice Operations Management in Manufacturing.

Our main objective is to help firms improve productivity and increase value-added through process efficiency, sustainable business models and strong leadership. SIOM can help you address specific challenges, discover opportunities to innovate and improve, link you with the breadth of the Strathclyde academic community and, help with securing resource and funding.

Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a more circular economy in Scotland where resources are valued and nothing is wasted.

Manufacturing is at the heart of a circular economy and offers an exciting opportunity for competitive advantage and business growth.  Zero Waste Scotland is working with key stakeholders to support the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy, Making Things Last, and “A Manufacturing Future for Scotland”.

Practical support for manufacturers is on offer with an £18m circular economy investment fund and business support service to help pioneer circular ways of doing business, with the backing of both Scottish Government and European Regional Development Funding.

Book a slot with Louise McGregor to find out more.