Privacy & Cookies Policy

Entrepreneurial Scotland (ES) is committed to upholding your privacy as a valued member, prospective member or user of this or any other ES website. The personal data about you that we collect, process or use (‘Data’) is held securely and treated in accordance with this Policy.  Whenever you give us Data, you are consenting to its collection and use as explained in this Policy, including our use of ‘cookies’.

We operate an marcoms programme which means we use your Data to communicate with you through several different channels, including direct mail, email and where you have followed us – social media.  Our aim is to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news from ES and wider information and articles we believe will be of interest to you.  However, if you feel you no longer wish to receive any communications from us, you are able to ‘opt out’ of any of these means of communication individually at any time.  Please note that this may also mean that you do not receive member offers or information on member benefits like events.


What personal data do we collect?

If you visit the ES website, your Internet Protocol (‘IP’) address and other information relating to your visit will be tracked to enable us to understand which areas of the site our members are most interested in.

If you wish to interact with ES website, you will need to become a registered user of the site. That process will involve you signing up as a member and providing us with Data about you such as your name, address, date of birth, email address, job title and information about your organisation. 

During your membership, we will collect other Data such as when you request information or publications, sign up for conferences or other ES events or surveys.

When you order certain goods and services from ES you will be asked for further Data such as your credit card details and expiry date.   Some services, such as auto-renewal of membership, require us to store your card details for future payments. These details are stored securely on the servers of our payment provider - Stripe.  Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1.  This is the most stringent level of certification available in the payments industry.  For more details on payment security see

All data is encrypted and sent using a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connection, ensuring details cannot be intercepted and read.


Disclosure of Information

ES’s use of your Data for any of the purposes disclosed in this Policy, or any other purposes disclosed in any separate communication, may involve ES sharing it with third party suppliers such as contractors, agents or professional advisers appointed by ES to assist in providing ES’s services, facilities and products.

In no other case, unless obliged to do so by law, will ES sell, rent, lease or otherwise share your Data with third parties, unless you have provided your specific, positive and unambiguous consent.


How we Use Your Data

Data about you provided to ES will be used for the purposes described at the time of collection.  It may also be used for the other purposes described in this Policy. 

If you are an ES member your Data may be used to send you, by post or by email, any ES partner publications made available to members including regular monthly newsletters and updates on regional events and activities. It will also be used for ES administrative purposes such as membership renewal reminders. If you are not an ES member your Data may be used to send you regular updates about the latest information and services available from us, by post or email.

We will always require you to supply an email address during member application for email confirmation and administration purposes.  When capturing your email address we will also offer you the chance to ‘opt in’ to receive other email communications. If you do not ask to be sent these communications, you will only receive emails for administration purposes.


Photo and Video Disclaimer

Images may be captured during events organised and/or hosted by ES using film photography, digital photography, video or other mediums.  ES reserves the right to use the images captured in any brochures, booklets, videos, websites or other media and publicity material produced by ES.  By taking part in our events you accept that you may be photographed, filmed, or otherwise captured in image form.   If you do not wish to appear in any of our publications please inform us by email to  Alternatively, please speak to one of our staff at the event.


Promotional Communications

Unless you have previously opted out of receiving such communications, your Data will be used by ES for marketing, advertising and promotions (’Promotions’). These Promotions may advertise Entrepreneurial Scotland events and services, goods and facilities, some of which are offered to you in partnership with specially selected partners of ES. Because of this, Data may be shared with them solely for the purpose of informing you of such events, services, goods and facilities.

Other Promotional communications may also invite you to participate in surveys or prize events sponsored by third parties. These third parties will have been specially selected by ES and third-party Promotions will not result in your Data coming into the third party's possession unless you give separate consent to this occurring, for example if you participate in a survey or prize draw or subsequently place an order with the third party. In that event please check notices supplied by that third party for information as to how they will make use of your Data.


Opting Out

You may at any time opt out of any future ES communication, digital or non-digital, Promotional or non-Promotional.  If you wish to opt out of email communications please update your contact preferences in your member profile.


Our Use of Cookies

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned. Cookies only contain randomly generated numbers and letters and cannot carry viruses or install malware on your computer.


Cookies set by the ES website

Using our website will result in us placing cookies on your computer that fall into the following categories:

Strictly necessary

These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing your account or booking an event; many of the functions on our website will not work properly, or at all, if you do not allow these cookies to be used. We may therefore be unable to provide many of the services you may wish to request unless you accept the use of these cookies.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use the website, for example which pages visitors go to most often. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor: all information these cookies collect is aggregated and is therefore anonymous. The information is only used to improve how the website works.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) to provide an enhanced, more personal experience. For instance, remembering a choice such as not to be asked again to fill in a questionnaire or user poll, or fulfilling a request by the user such as submitting a comment. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Other third-party cookies and Targeting cookies

A cookie is classed as being first party if it is set by the site being visited. However, a third-party cookie is issued by a different server to that of the domain being visited. It could be used to trigger a banner advert based on the visitor’s viewing habits or for analytical purposes. For example, when visiting a page with content embedded from YouTube, Google or Facebook. These service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. Such anonymous cookies may be set by that third party to track the success of their application or to customise their application to you.

Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They collect information about your browsing habits and are linked to services provided by third parties, such as ‘like’ and ‘share’ buttons and advertisements. We may use targeting cookies to send third party partners of Entrepreneurial Scotland information on your visit so that they can make our advertising more relevant to you when you visit their websites. An example of such a third-party partner would be Facebook. Online Targeted Advertising does not result in more ads, rather the ads you see will be more relevant to you.


Managing Cookies

Most Internet browsers allow users to control the acceptance of cookies via the browser’s settings. Visit to find out how to configure these settings on a number of major browsers.

You can find information about how you can specifically opt out of Google's use of cookies by visiting Google's Ads Settings.


Maintaining Information We Hold About You

ES aims to keep the Data it holds about you accurate and up to date. If at any time you want to verify, update or amend any Data we hold about you or if you become aware of possible errors or inaccuracies in that Data, please visit where you are able to view and amend your details online (you will need to be logged in using your username and password).  Alternately please email


Links to Third Party Sites

Entrepreneurial Scotland may contain links to other sites, provided as a convenience to you. You are under no obligation to use these sites, but if you choose to do so, please be aware that these sites have separate content, privacy and data collection policies.  Please refer to these before interacting with the site. Entrepreneurial Scotland cannot accept responsibility for any use of your Data by these sites.



Entrepreneurial Scotland may from time to time invite you to participate in surveys. This may occur online or using other communication channels.  Anonymity of individual respondents and protection of personal details will be maintained except where you have expressly granted permission to the contrary.  Information gathered through surveys will be researched and compiled on an aggregated basis and results may be published on or elsewhere.  Such results will not identify you.  The information will be used to help us formulate our policy positions and to monitor or improve Entrepreneurial Scotland products and services.


Member Directory

If you subscribe to the ES Members Directory then information you submit will be available to all ES users.  Please exercise caution before disclosing any information in these circumstances, particularly personal information about you or anybody else.

Entrepreneurial Scotland is registered with the Data Protection Registrar IoD: Reg. no. Z6940750 K0870020 Director Publications Ltd: Reg. no. Z5706863 C0232158