Design in Action was proud to work with local and national associates to ensure our funded companies and members of our network could access funding opportunities, academic expertise, legal advice and, crucially, design support to help propel their business into the big leagues.

We regularly arranged showcases, conferences and other networking events to give colleagues the opportunity to meet up and exchange ideas, keeping design at the forefront of the conversation. We also highlighted when other relevant events were taking place and frequently contributed to the programmes of UK-wide KE, design, entrepreneur and industry seminars, spreading the word of the project and those who work with us.

Below is a selection of other design, business support and funding organisations that complemented the Design in Action process.


Bright Idea Scotland

Bright Idea Scotland provides guidance and advice to Scotland-based individuals and businesses with an idea for a new product or service. They can provide advice on potentially available funding and run workshops and surgeries to educate and inform on many of the issues facing new business ideas and services including IP strategies, customer and market identification and justification and forward planning.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway is a publicly-funded service contributing to the economic wellbeing of Scotland by providing access to free business support services. They give assistance and impartial advice to people starting or growing their business by a combination of online support, free local workshops and events, advice and business information.

Cultural Enterprise Office

The Cultural Enterprise Office have in-house business advisors at locations in Dundee and Glasgow. They offer free, sector-specific information and advice to micro-businesses and individuals working within the creative industries.

Elevator UK

Elevator (previously known as Enterprise North East Trust) is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees of today and tomorrow. They provide expert business advice, quality office space and by encouraging entrepreneurship and enterprising behaviour through a range of projects and events in the North-East of Scotland.

Entrepreneurial Spark

Entrepreneurial Spark is the world’s largest free business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures. They develop entrepreneurs and teach them how create investable value. With mentors, ambassador, supporters, workshops, pitch practice and a full-time ‘entrepreneurial enabler’, the focus here is truly on the individual.

Innovation Portal

Based within the University of Dundee, the Innovation Portal assists in securing funding from the Scottish Funding Council’s Innovation Vouchers scheme. Its aim is to build relationships between SMEs and HEIs (Higher Education Instutions) in Scotland and provides funding of up to £5000 to facilitate collaborative projects, leading to new products, services and processes.


Interface has access to hundreds of academic experts and facilities useful to the creative sector from new product development and brand management through to sustainability, business strategy, design and engineering. Individuals to large companies can benefit from the range of expertise available including advertising, music, textiles, crafts, architecture, film, TV & radio, publishing and, of course, design.



Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise offer a variety of business support services that are available to companies in every sector. Their Creative Industries arm, Interactive Scotland, is their main service for creative companies and provides support in a variety of ways including developing digital content and technology, tailoring key messages and supporting company attendance at trade shows.


Paul Askew and Paul Sanderson from the Whetstone Group have worked closely with several of our grant-funded companies to help them strategise their route to market. They can provide enterprise support for start-ups and early stage businesses, sharpening their competitive edge and using commercial creativity to identify and respond to ever-changing markets.