The Scottish Government’s Digital Development Loan fund has awarded £1m to Scottish SMEs less than a year since its launch in June 2018. Among the first SMEs to benefit from a loan is an Aberdeen-based oil and gas business.
Sand Monitoring Services Ltd (SMS) provides a range of tailored solid monitoring and engineered sand management solutions. It is headquartered in Scotland with regional hubs in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi as well as ongoing operations in West Africa and the Middle East. Its £50,000 loan from the fund will enable it to increase its digital capabilities to support international development.
The £2m Digital Development Loan 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.
Andrew Kinsley, Operations Director Sand Monitoring Services Ltd, 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.”
More information on the Digital Development Loan: https://digitaldevelopmentloan.org/