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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 serving over 150 destinations


  • 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

Scottish cities among Europe's best for FDI

Four Scottish cities - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness - rank among the top ten in the latest fDi European Cities of the Future report.

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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

How we can support your business

We've helped lots of global companies establish and grow their businesses in Scotland.

We can help you:

  • Find the right funding for your project
  • Identify the skills and talent you need
  • Train and develop staff
  • Connect with suppliers and partners
  • Find market opportunities

We also offer long-term support for your company through our dedicated account management service.

How we can help

Contact us

Talk to us about doing business in Scotland.

Our global staff can help you find the right finance and other support to help you establish your business in Scotland.

Whether you're ready to invest or trade, or just want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.

Find your local office

Why Spire chose Scotland

Skilled talent, access to risk capital and the support we offer to innovative companies

These are among the top reasons that Californian satellite-based data specialists Spire chose to set up in Scotland.

“In terms of character, work ethic and passion for what they do, we have found the people that we have been able to attract in Scotland to be absolutely world-class.” - Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire

Industries in Scotland

Businesses across a range of sectors choose to locate here to benefit from the opportunities a connected Scotland offers.

  • Man with laptop on Scottish mountain above a loch

    Technology and engineering in Scotland

    A skilled workforce, competitive costs and a strong tech cluster are just a few reasons that global companies choose to invest in Scotland's tech sector.

  • 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.

  • IFSD Glasgow

    Global business services

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

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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.

  • ADM Engineer

    Aerospace and space

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

  • Loch Sloy


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

  • 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.

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    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 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

Scotland supplies a remarkable range of goods and services, from wave-powered generators to high fashion tweeds and globally-famed steaks.

  • fishermen

    Food and drink

    Welcome to unspoilt landscapes, fertile land and clean air. Scotland is blessed with some of the best natural food and drink produce in the world.

  • Loch Sloy

    Renewable energy

    Across wind, wave and tidal power, we can help you find unbeatable locations, suppliers and partnerships.

  • 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.

  • Scottish Style


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

  • a graduate


    Demand for Scotland's education is at an all-time high, and with 19 Higher education institutes, Scotland has the highest concentration of universities in Europe.

Success stories

Computershare announce Edinburgh expansion

Case study

Why Edinburgh is the right choice for Computershare

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Paul Kelly

Case study

Why HSBC chose Scotland for its global risk and compliance operations

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The First Minister meeting Xilinx

Case study

£5 million investment in Xilinx's 5G research in Edinburgh

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