Circular Economy Business Support Service

What does this involve?

The Circular Economy Business Support Service, administered by Zero Waste Scotland, offers investment for SMEs based in Scotland and supports work that will deliver circular economy growth. The service delivers tailored, expert, one-to-one consultancy directly to small and medium-sized businesses across all sectors in Scotland.

It’s designed to help companies explore more circular ways of doing business that can result in resource efficiencies, improved profitability, higher quality products, increased customer base and alternative supply chains for your business.

The service supports organisations seeking to develop and/or implement new business models, technologies, practices, products or services that use circular economy principles.

Zero Waste Scotland's support areas include circular economy business models based around sharing resources, modular design, reuse and repair, remanufacturing and reprocessing.

This bespoke one-to-one consultancy service can provide support with:

  • Innovation/opportunities identification
  • Market assessment
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Business plan support
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Business case development
  • Commercial case development
  • Support in identifying funding opportunities
  • Communications and marketing support
  • Implementation support

Am I eligible?

The service is open to businesses and organisations across all sectors, but you need to be:

  • A small to medium-sized enterprise (less than 250 employees/turnover less than €50 million)
  • A non-profit organisation (charity or social enterprise)

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

It is supported by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

Who is this for?

Small to medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organisations in Scotland.

How long does this take?

They aim to respond to enquiries within 5 working days.

Important information

Upon completion of the service, actions recommended to businesses may be eligible for funding. This could include practical development costs such as prototyping, lab testing and/or field testing of circular economy concepts to generate real-world data.

You can apply for funding via the Circular Economy Development Grant.


Next steps

Visit the Zero Waste Scotland website for more information or call 01786 433930.

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