Access to Markets

Invest in Scotland and you'll be close to some huge markets. Scotland provides a convenient base for your company and is well connected for business travel.

A connected base for your company

Whether you're heading to London, Europe or the rest of the world, Scotland is well-connected for business travel:

  • Six main airports with 11 serving outlying areas such as the Shetland and Orkney Islands
  • It’s only an hour’s flight to London with Scotland's airports offering hundreds of flights each week to the city
  • Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest, handling over 12 million passengers a year - around 33 airlines fly to 130 destinations
  • Glasgow International Airport is Scotland's long-haul gateway, with regular flights to the Middle East, the USA and Canada, it handles over 9 million passengers each year
  • Scotland's modern, comprehensive road network has less traffic density than other parts of the UK and motorways connect our major towns and cities
  • Scotland’s freight ferry services connect with Northern Europe

We have a global office network ready to help you

Invest in Scotland and you'll be close to some huge markets. The UK is the world’s eighth largest economy and is number two for purchasing power in Europe.

Our staff, based in over 50 offices around the world, have in-depth knowledge of Scotland and its opportunities. So, wherever you are in the world, we can help with market research to finding the right finance and other support you need to help establish your business in Scotland.

Outplay Entertainment swapped the Golden Coast of California for the East Coast of Scotland

From its Dundee base, Outplay has been able to connect with overseas partners and become part of a global phenomenon.

And, thanks to the skills and experience available across the country, Scotland offers the perfect location for further expansion.

“If the company became so successful that it required further growth, there's Glasgow, there's Edinburgh, there's lots of places in Scotland that we could open up another location and start tapping the talent there.”

Douglas Hare, CEO, Outplay

Scotland's a springboard to world markets

We're committed to boosting Scotland's exports. Why not join us?

  • Scotland's total exports reached £81.4 billion in 2017
  • Scotland's top five export markets by country are USA, Netherlands, France, Germany and Ireland
  • Scotland's food and drink sector contributed 18% of our overseas exports, worth £5.9 billion in 2017
  • Exports are varied and growing - for example, Scotland's professional, scientific and technical industries boast exports of £3.7 billion
  • Scottish companies are constantly exploring new markets - Scotland's textiles industry alone exports to over 150 countries

Source: Export Statistics Scotland 2017

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If you have any questions or would like to talk with one of our advisers, we are always ready to help.