About SDI and how we can help you

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 & 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

Trade with Scotland

Products and services from Scotland are in demand around the world. Scotland supplies a remarkable range of goods and services, from wave-powered generators and whisky, to high-fashion tweeds and globally-famed steaks.

We can help you find the right suppliers and partners that your business needs.

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.

In this section

Global offices

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