Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been supporting their independent-minded populations for years.

In its 2012-2013 financial year, Scottish Enterprise increased total investment to £32.4m, leveraging a further £60.4m in private sector investment. It runs: • Scottish Seed Fund – £20,000-£250,000 for fresh businesses launching new products, entering new markets and increasing employment. • Scottish Venture Fund – £500,000 to £2m for deals of £2-10m between Scottish businesses and our…

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