About SDI and what we do

We’re here to help you do business with Scotland, whether that’s supporting your investment in Scotland, or helping you source Scottish products and services.

At Scottish Development International (SDI) we’re all about discovery: helping ambitious businesses like yours discover new products and services, opportunities, markets and ventures in Scotland.

From technology and financial services, to life sciences and renewables, we’ve helped thousands of businesses and inward investors realise their ambitions in Scotland.

We’ll connect you with the right people, in the right place and at the right time.

Why choose Scotland?

  • Scotland's got talent – we have one of the highest concentrations of universities in Europe
  • We have a wealth of products and services - from our oil and gas and subsea expertise, to the finest quality food and drink from Scotland's larder 
  • The money you spend on staff will go further here – cost of living in Scotland is up to 50% lower than in other parts of the UK
  • It's a great place to live – our capital was ranked second in a global quality of life survey of 46 cities
  • We welcome investors – Scotland offered more incentive deals to foreign companies than any other part of the UK in 2017
  • We're a nation of self-starters – Scotland is home to the UK's most entrepreneurial city, Edinburgh

Access our business support

We can help you to:

  • Identify the skills and talent you need
  • Train and develop staff
  • Finance capital investment, innovation and research and development
  • Improve manufacturing and energy efficiency
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Find the right suppliers and partners

And we’ll provide long-term support to help your business settle, expand and thrive here...

...Wherever you are in the world

With over 30 offices across the world, we have a truly global presence. 

Find your local office

Opportunities for you and your business

Download your guide to setting up in Scotland (PDF, 1MB)

If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.