Free local and international market research and reports

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise Business Gateway

What does this involve?

Want to get to know your markets, customers and competitors better? Looking to expand your operations in local or global markets? You can save time, money and effort by getting in touch with the Research service.

The Research Service helps businesses and entrepreneurs across Scotland with research to help them plan and grow your business. The Research Service is striving to help businesses and entrepreneurs across Scotland base their recovery from COVID-19, and preparations for Brexit, on solid evidence and analysis.

They have access to trusted sources of quality information and market research and can provide you with information on:

  • Market size and forecasts
  • Segmentation
  • Growth potential
  • Competitive landscape
  • Drivers, challenges and trends
  • Key social, economic, political and technological factors

All within five working days of your initial request. They can also send you the latest research on post-pandemic growth opportunities, as well as reports on the short- and long-term impact on COVID-19 across the globe. 

Company Lists

They can provide lists of companies by location, size and industry, to help you identify potential customers, competitors, partners or investors. Each client is entitled to the details of up to 1,000 companies from anywhere in the world.

These lists can include general points of contact, physical addresses, as well as financial and organisational information.

Company profiles

You can also ask for in-depth profiles on potential clients, suppliers or your competitors. These can include:

  • financial and credit reports
  • market and news coverage analysis
  • competitor market segments

Consumer demographics

Understanding and predicting customer behaviour has never been more important. They can send you the latest insights on changing consumer preferences and behaviours, including:

  • when and where they buy
  • branding and customer loyalty
  • effective promotion methods
  • pricing data

Market and sector reports

Business Gateway also has over 100 ready-made free market reports. You can download market reports direct from the Business Gateway website, external link which will open in a new window.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you’re a business already based in Scotland or plan to set up business here.

What does this cost?

This is a free market research service in Scotland.

Who is this for?

Any business based in Scotland, at any stage in its life cycle.

How long does this take?

This depends on the nature of your request. Most market research is completed within 5 days.   

Important information

Tell Market Research a bit about your business and your market research needs and they will give you an update within 5 days.

  • what is unique about your business?
  • what is your current situation?
  • what general gaps or frustrations are you encountering?
  • have you considered possible routes to markets and which countries you could target?

They can help you identify market trends and buying behaviours and find potential customers, partners and competitors.

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser will be in touch to discuss your needs.

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise Business Gateway

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