Scotland is brilliantly connected for business

Invest in Scotland

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right people, in the right place,
at the right time.

Get to know Scotland

5 Reasons To invest in Scotland

  • Access to skills

    With 18 universities, Scotland has the highest concentration in Europe

    Universities Scotland

  • Connected to academia

    All 18 of Scotland’s universities are recognised as producing world-leading research, with more collaborations between universities and industry than any other European country.

    Universities Scotland

  • Low set-up costs

    It's up to 40% more cost effective to locate in Scotland than in other parts of the UK.

    Financial Times, FDI Benchmark Tool 2015

  • Easy access to markets

    Scotland has excellent transport links, with five major international airports serving over 150 destinations

    Visit Scotland

  • Get started quickly

    It can take only 48 hours to register a company here, and typically two weeks to get an enterprise up and running

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A record-breaking place to invest

The latest EY Scotland Attractiveness Survey reveals Scotland as the top-performing FDI region outside London. In 2015, Scotland achieved its greatest number of FDI projects, with a phenomenal growth rate of 51%.

EY Scotland Attractiveness Survey 2016

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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.

  • Kelpies

    Tourism

    Scotland has it all. Our lively cities, history, stunning scenery and coastline attract visitors from all around the world.

Invest in Scotland

Scotland is brilliantly connected

Access a high standard of living, a talented and educated workforce, and substantial European markets through our five international airports

Connect with 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.

Research and insights

FinTech

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Are you connected? Scotland's skilled in fintech

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