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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

Sectors in Scotland

Scotland’s strengths in attracting investment lie in our natural resources, entrepreneurialism and, of course, our people.

  • IFSD Glasgow

    Global business services

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

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

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    Aerospace, defence and marine

    Scotland has a long history of excellence in aerospace, defence and marine and today accounts for 10% of the UK industry. Little wonder we've attracted so many global companies..

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    Chemical sciences

    With exports of £4.5 billion a year, Scotland's chemical sciences sector is thriving. The world's leading chemical companies, including FujiFilm, DSM, GlaxoSmithKline, DuPont Teijin Films, DOW and Syngenta all have Scottish operations. We can help you invest.

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    Creative industries

    From the fastest selling computer game in history to one of Europe's most advanced digital 3D animation studios, Scotland provides a dynamic environment for the creative industries.

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    Financial services

    Our great workforce and fantastic business environment combine to 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.

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

  • Scottish Style


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

  • Taymouth Castle


    Scotland's lively cities, stunning coastline and beautiful countryside attract visitors from all around the world, not to mention its food and drink, history, and acknowledged position as the home of golf.

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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

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