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Privacy Policy

At Scottish Enterprise we are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers and web site visitors. Our relationship with you is valuable and we understand the importance you place on the privacy and security of information which personally identifies you.

In that respect, and whether you are a first time visitor to our web site or a regular user, we take your privacy seriously. Please read the following in order to learn more about our privacy policy and our information gathering and dissemination practices.

1. Why we require your information

Scottish Enterprise provide a variety of on-line offerings, including information about Scottish Enterprise products and services, business information and publicity. Scottish Enterprise collect personally identifiable information when you register with us and when you use our services. We ask you for personal data only when it is needed to provide goods or services you have enquired about or asked us to provide or to respond to your request for information. You do not need to provide us with personal data simply to browse our site.

Scottish Enterprise use this information in order to customise the content you see on our pages, to fulfil your request for certain products and services, to communicate with you generally and to contact you about special offers, promotions or new events and services.

2. What information do we collect?

We will collect information from you in the following circumstances:


Some areas of our web site require you to be registered with us prior to access being made available to a particular area of the web site or to obtain certain services. Our registration process involves providing us with your name, address, telephone and fax number and e-mail address, and we may also request some optional information to provide you with the service you have requested or to answer your queries.

Promotions and Events

Personal data is required in order to keep you informed of developments including new (or existing) activities, guidance services and facilities, promotions, conferences, seminars and training offerings. Where we offer on-line registration in particular cases we will require to obtain certain information about you such as contact details and billing information in order to process your registration and to follow up such registration.

Free Software Download

When you download software from us we may request your contact information in order to process your order.

Subscriptions and Newsletters

Users of our web site can register for a number of e-mail newsletters and news updates. This service is entirely optional and you may unsubscribe at any time by: editing your own profile details, emailing us (, or telephoning our enquiry point on 0141-228-2828.

Contest and Surveys

From time to time we may offer users the option of participating in contests or surveys. Participation is entirely optional. Any information you provide during the course of a contest or survey is used by us in order to conduct research, improve our facilities and services, or award prizes. Additional terms and conditions may apply to contests, which will be notified to prospective applicants.

Optional Information

We may request optional information from you on our registration forms. We request this optional information so that we may serve you better (e.g. to provide more tailored products and services to you) and so that we may understand our users better (eg through internal research, data analysis, market research and product research). If we request this additional information from you we will identify it as optional.

Information from Other Sources

In our normal course of business, Scottish Enterprise supplement the contact information provided by our users with information from third party marketing firms. We use this additional information (e.g. demographic and census information) to help us to serve you better by for example targeting some of our offers, promotions, services and other events to you.

Job Opportunities

We advertise details of job opportunities with Scottish Enterprise on our web site. If you apply for one of the available positions you are required to provide us with contact details in order that we can get in touch with you. These details, together with the contents of your curriculum vitae, will be treated as confidential and will only be used for the purposes of considering you for a particular position.


There are various technologies, including one called "cookies" which can be used to provide you with tailored information from a web site. A cookie is a small data file that certain web sites write to your hard drive when you visit them. The only personal information a cookie can obtain is information a user supplies him or herself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies, however, enhance our web site performance in a number of ways, including providing a secure way for us to verify your identity during your visit to our web site and personalising your experience on our site, making it more convenient for you. The Scottish Enterprise web site uses cookies so that we can serve you better. You can refuse cookies by turning them off on your web browser and you do not need to have cookies turned on to successfully use our service. Most browsers are defaulted to accept and maintain cookies and you can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it or not.

Use of Web Beacons

Scottish Enterprise Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web beacons - sometimes called - single-pixel gifs - which allows Scottish Enterprise to count users who have visited those pages and to deliver co-branded services. Web beacons are not used to access your personally identifiable information on the Scottish Enterprise site. They are a technique we use to compile aggregated statistics about Scottish Enterprise web site usage. Web beacons collect only a limited set of information including a cookie number, time and date of a page view and a description of the page on which the Web beacon resides.

Web site Usage Data

With or without cookies, our web site keeps track of usage data, such as the source address that the page request is coming from (i.e. your computer IP address, domain name), date and time of the page request, the referring web site (if any) and other parameters in the URL (e.g. search criteria). We use this data to better understand web site usage so we know what areas of our web site users prefer. This information is stored in log files and is used for aggregated and statistical reporting, but is not attributed to you as an individual.


We recognise industry standards and employ security safeguards to protect information from unauthorised access and misuse. We use the most accurate and current information you provide in order to process your request. Furthermore, whenever you transmit sensitive information such as billing or credit card information to us through our web site we provide you access to our secure server that allows encryption across the internet.

User Submissions

Please do not post confidential or proprietary information to our web site. Any material, information or any other communication you transmit or post to our web site (other than your personal information) will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary unless we are advised to the contrary and we will have no liability for it. Scottish Enterprise and its designees will be free to copy, disclose, distribute, incorporate and otherwise use the communications in all data, images, sound, text and other things embodied therein for any and all commercial or non-commercial purposes. Users of our web site are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this site any unlawful, threatening, libellous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate any law.

3. What information do we share?

There are times when we are required to share the information we learn from you with other parties. We do not sell or rent this information to others but will send personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people in the following situations:-


Scottish Enterprise will share your information with professional advisors, strategic partners, survey and research organisations, The Scottish Government and other individuals and organisations whom we employ to perform functions in certain situations on our behalf. Examples of these functions include delivering packages, sending postal mail, faxes and e-mail, providing marketing assistance in data analysis, handling credit card transactions, fulfilling orders, providing services, (including but not limited to careers and employment services) and following up on enquiries (including by phone, e-mail, post or fax). These agents have access to the personal information required in order to perform their functions but may not use it for any other purpose. This may also in certain circumstances involve the transfer of your information abroad.

Compliance with law

We will release personal information where we are required to by law or by the regulations and other rules (including auditing requirements) to which we are subject. We may also exchange information with other companies and organisations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction.


Other than in the above situations you will receive notice from us when your personal information might go to third parties and you will have the opportunity to decide not to share that information.

4. Changes to Privacy Policy

We may edit this policy from time to time. If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our web pages.

5. Questions or suggestions

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this policy, have any concerns about the practices of our web sites or believe we are not properly adhering to our privacy policy please contact us at Should you at any time wish us to remove your personal details from our database please contact [Scottish Development International, Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, Scotland, G2 8LU] in writing or e-mail us at [].

6. Your Rights

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information held by us in our records in return for which we may charge a small fee. You also have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your information.

7. Competition Terms and Conditions

Not Applicable at this time.