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Private sector / SME (under 250 employees)

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Use our technology skills to help achieve your innovation

An SME is a company employing fewer than 250 employees and with an annual turnover not exceeding EUR 50 million. There are over 340,000 SMEs in Scotland, providing an estimated 1.2 million jobs and accounting for 99.3% of all private sector businesses in Scotland in 2018. 

Adopting new digital technologies in a business takes time and requires specific technological experience.

But resources that can often be stretched in SMEs, as the day-to-day challenges of running a business take over.  

When an SME has vision and innovation ambition, but doesn’t have the exact skillset in place, CENSIS may be able to fill the gap to help explore new product and service development. 

Here’s how CENSIS can help an SME


  • Take advantage of the support we offer to enable you to practice, de-risk and fast-track your investments in innovation.
  • Use our physical and digital assets such as The Vision Lab, IoT test bed or IoT Demo Centre to explore new technologies and accelerate scalable solutions developments in a commercially safe space.
  • Gain insight into solution options, the best way to access these, and work out the optimal technology development route
  • Identify and evidence potential benefits of existing and emerging digital technologies and how they could fit with your business model.
  • Take advantage of our free-to-attend, hands-on workshops, meeting the technology developers and gaining first-hand knowledge of new technologies as they are introduced.


  • Demonstrate ‘the art of the possible’ for your organisation.
  • Connect with the CENSIS communities in Scotland, making relationships and joining networks to help you implement your technology.
  • We can part-fund your project or signpost you to other third-party funding sources.
  • Build, test and demonstrate your innovation
  • Display the new products and services we develop together in our IoT demonstration area to increase exposure to potential customers or strategic next-stage development.


  • Scale
  • Scope
  • Profitability
  • Growth

You could effect changes in the scale, scope and profitability of your current business and articulate cyber-physical perspectives for future business models.

Additionally, incorporating the new technologies will fast-track you to develop and scale up solutions for growth.

CENSIS IoT Demo Centre
Allow us to host the technology you’ve developed with us as a case study in our IoT demonstration area to increase exposure to potential customers or strategic next-stage partners needed for your business model.

Further reading

Take a look at organisations we have worked with

If you would like to find out more about our work with businesses of all sizes, public sector bodies and universities, we have highlighted some of the challenges we have faced together with our clients.