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

Action on climate change

The transition to net zero emissions opens huge opportunities to innovate and grow your business in Scotland. We all need to take action now. Find out how Scotland is playing its part.

Inward investment in Scotland

In May, Edinburgh will host the 2022 World Forum for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). There will be talks, training and networking events. The event will also showcase Scotland as a world-class investment location.

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 skills you need, 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

Neil Francis, interim Managing Director, Scottish Development International at Scottish Enterprise
Optimistic year ahead for Scottish trade and exports
European Offshore Wind Development Centre, Aberdeen
Scotland's impressive offshore wind pipeline draws global attention

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