Scottish Enterprise Funds

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Scotland is putting tax-payers money into an industry which has a devastating impact on human and international security. Weapons fuel conflict, support repression and make the world a more dangerous place for everyone.

Scottish agencies Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise have given over £18m to arms manufacturing firms since 2007.

In 2016-17, more than half a million pounds was given to arms companies, to support areas such as marketing, strategic development, training and innovation.
Many of these companies have routinely armed human rights abusers all over the world, and are the last companies that should be getting public money.

Companies in Scotland receiving public money include:

  • Selex, who were criticised in 2012 over reports it sold radio equipment to the Assad regime in Syria despite EU sanctions
  • Raytheon, who manufacture ‘smart bombs’ in Fife that have been used against civilians in Yemen
  • Chemring, who produce CS gas used against protestors in Egypt and Hong Kong
  • Leonardo MW Limited – formerly Finmeccanica – who have sold drones to Pakistan and helicopters to Algeria, Libya and Turkey
  • BAE Systems whose warplanes have played a central role in Saudi Arabia’s attacks in Yemen. Its armoured vehicles were used by Saudi Arabia in Bahrain to support the repression of democracy protests in 2011.


Download our leaflet here: Arms to Renewables and Scottish Public Funds

News stories:

The Scotsman, April 2018: Greens attack Sturgeon over Scottish Enterprise ‘funding arms firms’

CommonSpace, November 2017: FOIs reveal Scottish Enterprise is still giving public money to arms companies involved in Yemen, Syria and Egypt


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