£1m milestone reached for Scottish Digital Development loan with Aberdeen company receiving £50k

The Scottish Government’s Digital Development Loan fund has awarded £1m to Scottish SMEs less than a year since its launch in June 2018.

The latest company to receive funding, and whose award marks the £1 million milestone, is Sand Monitoring Services Ltd, an international business founded in Aberdeen that provides sensory data analysis and visualisation for the global oil & gas community.

The £2m fund, which is managed by Lanarkshire Enterprise Services Ltd (LESL) and supported by DSL Business Finance (DSL), is the first phase of the Scottish Government’s £36m Digital Growth Fund initiative which has the goal of helping Scottish SMEs improve their processes and productivity through digital application.

To date more than 20 SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) have benefitted from the £2m fund which offers companies 0% interest rate loans of up to £50,000 to invest in improving their digital capabilities, capacity and digital skills

Other sectors to benefit include agriculture and fisheries, food and drink, manufacturing, energy and renewables and the creative industries.

Andrew Kinsley Operations Director Sand Monitoring Services Ltd (SMS) said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the Digital Development Loan. It will allow SMS to develop our Data Visualisation product, improve the tools and activities essential to our research and development projects and create vast opportunities for us as a Scottish SME in Europe and the rest of the world.

“Through this product, SMS will unlock the inherent value of the data and develop products for clients to help make effective business decision, making giving a real return on business intelligence.”

Digital Economy Minister, Kate Forbes said: “We are committed to investing in Scotland’s digital productivity and ensuring we are ready to embrace the opportunities of a digitally driven future.

“The £2 million Digital Development Loan is the first phase of that process and this milestone proves that it is already helping businesses the length and breadth of the country to achieve their digital ambitions.  I would encourage more companies to apply for the Digital Development loan to invest in their company, staff and in their digital future.”

Liz McCutcheon, Project Manager LESL said: “LESL and DSL are delighted to have approved over a £1 million in Digital Development Loans in less than a year. Our partnership is committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s aim of strengthening the ability of Scotland’s SMEs to innovate and compete digitally.

“The Digital Development Loan has already impacted a wide range of sectors across Scotland and now includes the Oil & Gas sector in Aberdeen.”


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Our Other Titles


Logan Energy gets hydrogen on the road in multi-million pound Teesside project

EDINBURGH-based hydrogen technology specialist, Logan Energy, has been chosen as the preferred partner to supply two of the first publicly-accessible hydrogen refuelling...

Orbis Protect acquires Glasgow-based Optosafe

GLASGOW-based Optosafe has been acquired by Orbis Protect. The deal comes comes following a sustained growth in Orbis Protect...

Beattie announces senior promotion

COMMUNICATIONS agency Beattie has appointed a new managing director for Scotland and digital. In her new role, Joanne Spence...

Scotland’s opportunity to grow a new clean, sustainable economy

The idea of a net zero carbon emissions and zero waste economy isn’t as far-fetched as some may think. The key promise...

Decade of continued growth marks new record for Brodies

LEADING Scottish law firm, Brodies LLP, has continued to make progress for the year to 30 April 2020, reporting a 7% increase...