Exporting and access to Markets

The UK is the world’s sixth largest economy and Scotland is well-connected for your business to tap into opportunities for growth. Invest in Scotland for easy access to some of the world's fastest-growing markets. Whether you're looking to London, Europe or the rest of the world, Scotland is a convenient base for your company to expand its operations globally.

Our global office network is ready to help you

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 and investment opportunities in Scotland
  • Financial, skills and training support
  • Research and development programmes
  • Partnering and collaboration opportunities
  • Government, industry and academic contacts
  • Visits to Scotland and setting up in Scotland

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Scotland's international exports

We're committed to boosting Scotland's exports in sectors and markets that have the highest potential for growth. 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.

£81 billion Scottish exports worldwide

60% rest of the UK, 22% rest of the world, 18% European Union

Top 5 export markets

USA, Netherlands, France, Germany and Ireland

Over £6 billion Scottish food and drink exports

30% of UK total and plans to grow to £30 billion by 2030

Source: Export Statistics Scotland 2017

Find support to export from Scotland on the Scottish Enterprise website

Access our GlobalScot network

GlobalScot is a worldwide network over 650 business contacts and experts who can help your business in Scotland grow in competitive international markets. GlobalScots can help:

  • Develop your Scottish brand internationally
  • Advise on entering new markets, finding customers and suppliers
  • Support your business growth by identifying international trade opportunities
  • Provide guidance on planning, knowledge and skills

More about the GlobalScot network

Nicola Sartini and colleagues at our Mission Lab event 2019

Access our European innovation and investment hubs

We support Scotland’s Innovation and Investment Hubs in Dublin, London, Brussels, Berlin and Paris as part of wider work across government, partners and businesses to support trade, investment, innovation and inter-governmental relations with Europe.

Our hubs are a platform for:

  • Promoting Scotland's research, innovation, industrial, social and cultural strengths
  • Building diplomatic government-to-government relations
  • Pursuing cultural collaborations
  • Exploring collaborative research and innovation opportunities
Unlocking Ambition session at Scotland House

Target new markets

London-based Scotland House provides companies based in Scotland with a low cost, low risk and flexible home from home in which to engage with global businesses. 

Once you’ve set up operations in Scotland, are trading and committed to growth, Scotland House community membership is open to you. Benefits include access to facilities, meeting rooms and event space. Take a virtual tour.

Find out more on the Scotland House London website

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Business travel to and from Scotland

Why 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

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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.