SME Support


SME Recovery and Growth

Supporting and scaling SME recovery and growth by enabling businesses to use data and AI to accelerate digital transformation.

Supporting SMEs to use data as an asset for growth

Data plays a critical part in the digital journey of every business. However, identifying opportunities where data can be used to improve business outcomes and then successfully delivering these is not easy, especially when you have limited time and budget.

At The Data Lab we understand these challenges. Over 1,000 Scottish SMEs have engaged with us, many directly benefiting from access to our innovation and skills services and connection to the vibrant Scottish data and technology ecosystem.

As Scottish SMEs look beyond COVID survival to recovery and growth, we are actively engaging with businesses across the country to help them find the optimum path to success with data: from starting the journey to accelerating activity and accessing an ongoing supportive ecosystem.

Learn more on the benefits a range of our SME customers have gained through a selection of our case studies below and if (when!) you are inspired to learn more, please contact us at

Brian Hills 

Brian Hills, CEO

If you would like to discuss how the Data Lab can help you, contact


Our free online Data Lab community connects you to business peers and data experts who can support you on your data and digital journey. Whether you are thinking about starting your data journey or well on the road the community has specialist groups and events to enable you to make the connections you need and will shortly be launching a mentoring scheme.


TORCH is designed to support businesses that have started their data journey and need help to take those next transformational steps. Our approved TORCH Supplier Network already includes tens of specialist data technology suppliers from across the Scottish ecosystem. Read how Hotelfone and Sea Spyder benefited from working with the TORCH team:

Masters Placements

Data Lab Masters Placements enable SMEs to benefit from working with a Master's student on a three month project. Many businesses use a placement to test a proof of concept or run their first data project - some even hire the student!

Read how TL Tech benefited from a Data Lab Masters placement and find out more about the benefits our students can bring:

External Funding

Our external funding service helps SMEs connect with funding opportunities and can provide assistance with grant applications and connections to others in the ecosystem.

Read how Data Innovation.AI and Gigged.AI gained funding through working with The Data Lab team:

Further Support

We provide support to SMEs across a number of further skills and technical services:

  • Leadership education: Develop your skills as a leader, learning how to use data and embed data literacy across your business on this 12 month course.
  • Data Skills for work: Develop the data literacy skills of your workforce with grants to access training suppliers.
  • Online Courses: A range of online courses to get started and moving forward on your data journey.
  • Data Science projects: Opportunities to collaborate with our data scientists on small proof of concept projects.
Get in touch with us to find out more: