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From technology to textiles, find out why 2014 was a record year for inward investment in Scotland.

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5 Reasons To invest in Scotland

  • Top ranked

    In 2014, Scotland was the top ranked UK region for foreign direct investment outside London.

    (Ernst & Young's 2015 UK Attractiveness Survey

  • Academic collaboration

    Scotland's 19 higher education institutes work with over 26,000 companies every year to turn R&D into new products.

    (Universities Scotland

  • A strong reputation

    Ranked 15th in 2012's Anholt–GfK Roper Nation Brands Index, our international reputation outstrips many similar-sized nations.

    (Anholt–GfK Roper Nation Brands Index

  • Angel investment

    Scotland has more business angel investment per head of population than any other country in Europe.

    (Mobius Life Sciences UK Life Science Start-up report 2012

  • World-leading research

    Five Scottish universities feature in the world's top 200 - outperforming most similar-sized countries.

    (Times Higher Education World University Ranking Index 2013

Industries in Scotland

Businesses across a range of sectors choose to locate here to benefit from the opportunities a connected Scotland offers.

  • IFSD Glasgow

    Global business services

    Skilled staff, competitive costs and a modern infrastructure make Scotland the natural location for business services and BPO companies.

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    Technology

    Invest in Scotland to get direct access to a pool of talented graduates in technology and engineering.

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    Aerospace/Defence/Marine

    Scotland has a long history of excellence in aerospace, defence and marine and today accounts for 10% of the UK industry.

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    Chemical sciences

    With exports of £4.5 billion a year, Scotland's chemical sciences sector is thriving

  • Outplay

    Creative industries

    Home of the fastest selling computer game in history, Scotland provides a dynamic environment for the creative industries.

  • Scottish Legal Assurance Clock, Bothwell Street, Glasgow.

    Financial services

    Our skilled workforce and secure business environment make investing in Scotland the perfect choice for financial services firms.

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    Life sciences and biotech

    From clinical research to commercialisation, consider Scotland your home from home to do business in Europe and beyond.

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    Oil and gas

    With investment in North Sea's oil and gas at a 30-year high now's the time to tap Scotland's global skills and expertise.

  • Loch Sloy

    Renewables

    Scotland is already home to some groundbreaking renewables projects. Make your company part of it.

  • Scottish Style

    Textiles

    Scotland's textiles sector has a proud heritage and an enduring place on the world's fashion stage.

  • Taymouth Castle

    Tourism

    Scotland's lively cities, stunning coastline and beautiful countryside attract visitors from all around the world.

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Low tax rates on profits from commercialising patents

Our commitment to innovation includes funding, tax incentives and collaborations with Scotland's world-leading university sector

Innovation in Scotland

Trade with Scotland

Whether you're looking for innovation or tradition, you'll find Scotland a very rewarding country to do business with.

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    Education

    With 19 Higher Education institutes, Scotland has the highest concentration of universities in Europe.

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    Food and drink

    Welcome to unspoilt landscapes, fertile land and clean air. Scotland is blessed with some of the best natural produce in the world.

  • Oil and Gas worker

    Oil and gas

    By finding trade partners in Scotland you'll have access to skills, expertise and technology that help drive the global oil & gas industry.

  • Loch Sloy

    Renewable energy

    Across wind, wave and tidal power, we can help you find unbeatable locations, suppliers and partnerships.

  • Scottish Style

    Textiles

    Textiles buyers can source the finest cashmere, tartans and tweeds for fashion or interiors, or pioneering performance and medical fabrics.

Born innovative, born global

Lena Wilson, CEO of Scottish Enterprise, celebrates great Scottish innovations and Scotland's ongoing impact on the world stage.

Scotland's trading traditions

Trade with Scotland

Lena Wilson, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise at the Commonwealth Games Business Conference