Set up business and grow in Scotland

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

What Scotland can do for you

Invest in Scotland for a cost-efficient and convenient base for your company to expand globally. You'll benefit from Scotland's welcoming business environment, diverse industries, vibrant cities and our stunning landscapes too. 

Scotland's long tradition of tech innovation is stronger than ever, making it the place to be to do great things digitally. Matched by our excellent infrastructure of suppliers, industries and networks, Scotland is your natural trading partner.

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Scotland's green recovery

Building a renewable energy and data-driven low carbon future in Scotland 

Climate is the defining issue of our time. And Scotland is a leading voice in the climate conversation.​ As we move out of the coronavirus crisis, we plan to rebuild Scotland’s economy in a way that supports human wellbeing and the transition towards a greener, net-zero country, while overcoming inequality and ensuring sustainability.

Nearly £1.6 billion is being committed by the Scottish Government to drive Scotland's green recovery:   

  • Helping industrial and manufacturing sectors decarbonise, grow and diversify  
  • Reducing waste and improving recycling to drive a thriving circular economy  
  • Supporting green jobs  
  • Transforming heat and energy efficiency of buildings  

Scotland’s renewable energy and low carbon capabilities

Scotland's impressive FDI performance

1st outside London

More overseas businesses chose Scotland than any other UK region outside London in 2019

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 manufacturing

Machinery and equipment and agri-food sectors are leading the way for Scotland's FDI projects

EY Attractiveness Survey 2020

COVID-19 update

As we witness the coronavirus pandemic impacting businesses, lives and communities around the world, Scotland remains open for business. Our hearts go out to all nations. As Scotland’s trade and inward investment agency we’re ready to help businesses and investors navigate potential challenges, safeguard jobs and prosper as part of our green recovery.

Whether you’re looking to invest in, set up business or trade goods and services with Scotland, come join us to build a greener, brighter future together. 

Are you a business in Scotland needing help? Find business support

You can connect with our international advisers through our usual digital and social channels.

Contact us or call on us on +44 300 013 2734

Stay up to date with how businesses like yours are making the most of the opportunities, talent and support available in Scotland.

Commercial opportunities

Green investment

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

Capital investment

If you want strong returns in commercial property with an exceptional business environment, invest in Scotland's real estate.

Support and success

Our clear planning, reliable regulation, market-leading rates means Scotland's opportunities are open to you.

Scottish economy

Learn more about Scotland's diverse and growing economy and why it could be perfect place for your business.

Hydrogen in Scotland

Green hydrogen at an industrial scale for a zero-carbon future

Find out why Scotland has one of the best ecosystems for the hydrogen economy in Europe.

Already companies have begun to develop projects in Scotland to take advantage of the 300 GW of offshore wind potential estimated to be available in Scottish waters. Watch our webinar to discover new opportunities for new ventures, projects and collaborations.

Goods and services

Looking for suppliers of quality goods and services or need help sourcing a tech solution? We can connect you to Scottish companies to meet your needs.

Industry insights

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 industries.

Help and advice

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.

Scotland’s place in Europe

While the future EU/UK relationship is still being negotiated, we’re dedicated to continuing our close relationships with EU countries and businesses, and welcoming those who choose to live and work here.

Businesses who invest in Scotland will continue to benefit from easy access to European markets, plus a diverse workforce of Scottish, European and global workers.

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Your guide to setting up in Scotland (PDF, 1.35MB)