Set up business and grow in Scotland

With valuable business opportunities and attractive investment returns, Scotland has the perfect blend of talent, innovation, financial and renewable resources to help your business prosper. A green and sustainable choice for foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade.

Scotland's impressive FDI performance

1st outside London

More overseas businesses chose Scotland than any other UK region outside London in 2020.

3 cities in the UK's top 10

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen all feature in the UK’s top 10 locations for FDI.

Top for digital tech

Digital technology, agri-food and business services industries are leading the way for Scotland's FDI projects.

EY Attractiveness Survey 2021

Scotland welcomes COP26

Scotland looks forward to hosting the United Nations COP26 summit this November in Glasgow. Find out why Scotland is the perfect fit for this important event. 

Scotland's key sectors

From our famous whiskies and our world-renowned games industry to our thriving fintech hub and the UK’s first orbital spaceport, Scotland enjoys success in a huge variety of sectors.

How we can help

If you’re thinking of setting up in Scotland or trading with us, we can offer the support you need. We can help you access funding, find the right staff, make the right contacts and more.

One-to-one support

Scottish Development International has more than 30 offices around the world with our staff ready to help you set up and grow your business in Scotland. A cost-effective home with the right skills available along with opportunities to expand and further support to grow globally. You'll benefit from Scotland's welcoming business environment, diverse industries, vibrant cities and our stunning landscapes too. 

And, if you’re looking to buy quality goods or expertise from Scottish companies, whether it be digital expertise or high-quality food produce, we can help connect you to these opportunities. Scotland's long tradition of tech innovation is matched by our excellent infrastructure of suppliers, industries and networks, making us your natural trading partner.

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Why Scotland?

Green investment

£3 billion of green investment opportunities in projects and companies coming on stream in Scotland by 2022. 

Capital investment

If you’re looking for returns that outperform most of the UK and business-friendly policies, there’s never been a better time to invest in Scotland's real estate.

Trade opportunities

Looking for suppliers of quality goods and services or need help sourcing a tech solution? From food and drink, and renewables to digital health, we can connect you to Scotland's supply chains.

People and skills

We can help you find the right talent, skills and training to grow your business in Scotland.

Cost of living

Scotland is a great place to locate your business. It's less expensive to live and work in Scotland than cities like London, Zurich, Paris and Dublin.

Supportive environment

With easy access to government, businesses, universities, research and innovation centres of excellence, we can help you make the right connections to prosper in Scotland. 

COVID-19 update and Scotland's green recovery

As we witness the coronavirus pandemic impacting businesses, lives and communities around the world, Scotland remains open for business. We’re ready to help businesses and investors in Scotland navigate potential challenges, safeguard jobs and prosper as part of our green recovery.

Read our Covid response and support for your business.

Latest business news from Scotland

View of Glasgow Clyde Auditorium "Aramdillo" and SSE Hydro (right) and Bells Bridge and Crowne Plaza Hotel (left)
Scotland is the perfect place to host COP26 in November which will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners. Find out why.  
Robyn Urcia, Graduate Apprentice at Mersen, Eurocentral
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