Scotland is brilliantly connected for business

Invest in Scotland

We will connect you with the
right people, in the right place,
at the right time.

Get to know Scotland

5 Reasons To invest in 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 international airports - including Europe's best airport - serving over 150 destinations

    Visit Scotland

  • Get started quickly

    It can take only 24 hours to register a company here, and typically two weeks to get an enterprise up and running

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  • Access to skills

    Scotland has the highest concentration of Universities in Europe, all recognised as producing ‘world-leading’ research

    Universities Scotland

  • A country of innovation

    Scotland ranks higher than any of the G8 nations for numbers of academic citations relative to expenditure on R&D

    Universities Scotland

London, this is Scotland calling

Where else in the UK can you join 600 financial and business services companies, and be part of the largest financial hub outside London?

Here's why you should expand into Scotland

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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 to success: how we can help

Cloudwick Technology to create European HQ in Glasgow

"We are excited to begin our European journey from Scotland, one of the fastest growing big data ecosystems in the world."

Cloudwick invests in Scotland

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.

  • Tablet use in Healthcare

    Technology

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

  • ADM Engineer

    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.

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

Inward investment in Scotland

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Read the EY Attractiveness Survey

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Scotland is your solution for newborn digital health monitoring

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Scotland's software talent and expertise

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