About us and how we can help

As Scotland’s trade and inward investment agency, we aim to help more businesses from around the world do business in or with Scotland. If you’re an overseas business looking to set up in Scotland or source Scottish products or services, we can help.

What is Scottish Development International?

Scottish Development International is Scotland’s trade and foreign direct investment agency. Our aim is to encourage more overseas businesses to set up a location here, invest in Scottish businesses or buy Scottish products.

We do this by providing information, partnering with businesses and investors who want to set up or invest here, and helping businesses find the connections they need.

Setting up your business in Scotland

We can offer a wide range of support to overseas businesses looking to set up in Scotland. We can:

  • Provide advice, information and market research
  • Help you find the skills and talent you need
  • Help you train and develop staff
  • Help you access funding
  • Help you find the right suppliers, partners and contacts

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Trading with Scotland

We can also help businesses around the world access the huge range of high quality products and services offered in Scotland. Whether you’re looking to import our top-quality products – from whisky and salmon to cutting-edge tech – access our professional services or use our specialised expertise for your project, we can help you find the suppliers you need.

Find out more about trading with Scotland

Interested in setting up in Scotland or trading with us? Get in touch with our team of advisers to see how we can help.

Other opportunities for you and your business

Other ways we can help

Our partners and networks

We can connect you to other government agencies, academic bodies, suppliers, industry organisations, innovation centres and our network of GlobalScots.

Expand your business in Scotland

Once you’re set up here, our support and the support from our partners doesn’t end there. Find out more about the ongoing support and opportunities available to help you expand.

Our global offices

We’ve got offices in 30 locations around the world. Working with an SDI office in your area means you can get direct support from someone who understands your business and needs.

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Your guide to setting up business in Scotland (PDF, 1.6MB)

Get in touch with our team of advisers to find out how we can help you.