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Fashion rental. Sustainable Floristry. Reusable cup cleaning systems. Cashmere Recycling.  Satellite observation of Earth’s changes. What do all these businesses have in common? They are all women-led, focus on sustainable initiatives, and have used the free market research service from Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway.

It is an exciting time to be a Scottish business. With COP26 fast approaching, everyone is thinking green. These creative businesses contribute to Scotland’s overall sustainable growth. When they hold these values, it sends the message to the world that, here in Scotland, we care about the future of the planet. As we help gather data and research for companies, we see women leading the charge to be sustainable and green.

Jessica Hamilton is a researcher at Scottish Enterprise. Below, she shares how her work can help businesses aim for a brighter future.

Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway want to help

If you’re looking for a place to start assessing your market research needs, we are proud to provide a wide variety of free, downloadable market reports. They can help you shape your business plan by providing information on topics like Sustainable Fashion and Textiles and Electric Vehicles Ev Charging. If you’re new to market research, we have a guide with some useful tips and resources to get you started.

And if we don’t already have relevant research for you…

An experienced team of Researchers is here to help if your business needs further research coverage or isn’t covered by our Market Reports. We provide support to those in all stages, sizes and sectors who need it, where we take your enquiry and find data from one or more of our 20+ subscriptions often supplemented by online research too.

Hear from some business-owners we’ve helped

Alison Farrell, owner of AF Florals, got in touch with the Research Service earlier this year for information to move her sustainable floristry business forward. We were able to search and find excerpts from our subscription resources like Mintel’s Consumer Attitudes Towards Cut Flowers and Houseplants and IBISWorld’s Florists in the UK Industry Report that had information on sustainability and other market and consumer information. We found similar businesses to benchmark online and articles from reputable news sources that helped Alison strategise on how to approach this angle of the industry. “As my business specialises in sustainable floristry, your information and statistics have been paramount in the day-to-day decision making at AF Florals. I cannot thank you enough for your time and expertise.”

When it comes to tracking the changes to the planet, taking a wider view (literally!) is Earth Bloxa company that removes the need to write code, making Earth observation and satellite data accessible to anyone, regardless of expertise. Part of its goal is to allow users to track environmental change, deforestation, and climate risks.  Dr Genevieve Patenaude, CEO & Co-Founder of Earth Blox’s advice is Make use of this incredible service available to the entrepreneurial community. When time is scarce and resources thin, the research team has delivered rapid results as and when needed. We have used this service numerous times and will keep doing so.” The intelligence provided by the Research Service was used to identify and validate markets, find new customers and to successfully prepare award and grant applications.  

What can we do for you?

In-depth market reports can cost thousands of pounds. With our free Research Service, you don’t have to worry about that.

With our subscription market reports, you can learn about current market sizes, forecasts, drivers, challenges, trends and key players. Our directory subscriptions can get you lists of companies for different industries, locations, business sizes filters all customised for your use. Be sure to check our website with details of some of the most recent reports we can access, updated monthly.

If you’d like to speak to a Researcher or if you have a specific market research need that you think we can help with, you can get in touch with us by submitting an enquiry through our website.


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