Innovation and entrepreneurship landscape in the South

New partnership to discover more about innovation and entrepreneurship landscape in the South

We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with innovation agency Metta to support founders and entrepreneurs in the South of Scotland region.

Over the next few months, we will work with Metta alongside many stakeholders from the South of Scotland on a research project which seeks to document details of the innovation and entrepreneurship landscape in the area.

We will be looking at companies that are already established in the region and meeting with aspirational business leaders to learn about their challenges, what industries are most prevalent and gaining an understanding of how these organisations work from a sustainability perspective.

What is the aim of the project?

  • Learning from the founders and businesses in the South of Scotland to identify what existing public and private support is available to these businesses

  • Exploring what more can be provided in terms of advice, mentoring, events, networking connections and more.

Give us your views and get free business advice

  • As a starting point, Metta has launched a virtual (video or phone) call, where they will offer free impartial business advice and support based on their own experiences as entrepreneurs and their time designing and delivering business support programmes.

  • These office hour calls are designed to help founders and entrepreneurs optimise their team, business and product, as well as providing them with first-hand insight and experience on how to take their business ideas to the next level.

  • Anyone who is interested in arranging a virtual call with Metta can check their availability on Calendly.

  • Alternatively, if you cannot find a suitable time, please contact

  • Metta will also be hosting an in-person drop-in session during May, with details confirmed by Metta soon.

Susan Harkins, our Head of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

“At SOSE, we have a vision to establish the South of Scotland as the centre of opportunity, innovation and growth.

“We are fully committed to achieving this vision in a sustainable manner, and to do so we need to fully understand the opportunities and challenges facing aspirational founders and business leaders in our region.

“This is why we are delighted to now be working with Metta on this exciting research project.

“Metta have a strong track record of supporting start-ups across a range of sectors and at different stages of their lifecycle.

“We would encourage all founders and businesses in the South to engage with Metta as part of the research project, which will also see Metta able to provide business advice and support.”