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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

  • 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

  • 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

FDI in Scotland

A record year for FDI projects

The latest EY Attractiveness Survey shows Scotland attracted 122 FDI projects in 2016 to remain the UK's most attractive region for inward investment outside London

EY Attractiveness Survey 2017

Intel and The University of Edinburgh

"The University of Edinburgh is an attractive partner for Intel due to the international excellence in its research capabilities, its staff and strong connections with other institutions such as ATI".

Bayes Centre
The Thomas Bayes Centre

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


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

  • ADM Engineer

    Aerospace and space

    Scotland has a long history of excellence in aerospace and space technology, including satellite manufacturing.

  • pipette and bottle

    Chemical sciences and industrial biotechnology

    With exports of £4.5 billion a year, Scotland's chemical sciences sector is thriving, and we're making great strides in high-value industrial biotechnology manufacturing too.

  • 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.

  • Oil and gas worker in sunglasses

    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


    Scotland is 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.

  • Kelpies


    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.

  • a graduate


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

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

Research and insights

Black Swan


Is uncertainty your business friend or foe?

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The opportunities in Scotland for fintech

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Baby in incubator


Scotland is your solution for newborn digital health monitoring

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