How Scotland supports investors

We're launching a dedicated cross-government team helping you leverage incredible commercial opportunities here, right now. Your investment is transforming our cities, regenerating our regions and building a low carbon economy of the future together.

How we can help

With clear planning, reliable regulation and the best business rates in the UK, our investor-friendly policies make sure that nothing gets in the way of your investment and development.

  • Predictable planning: Count on straight-forward planning systems in Scotland to unlock sites and deliver development
  • Business rates: 12 months relief on new developments and 12 months relief for a first tenant
  • Creative financing: Scotland invented modern banking. Now, our innovative growth accelerator models mean local authorities can build enabling infrastructure against future income, unlocking major complex sites for you.​
ACCA staff at their Glasgow office with the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art in the background
  • Team approach: We get city and national leadership into a room quickly to speed up decision-making for you
  • Scottish National Investment Bank: We’re funding what matters most to us, investing £2 billion in a new Investment Bank to transform our wellbeing, spaces and economy
  • Excellent infrastructure: Scotland is on the doorstep of the world, with high quality transport, connectivity and infrastructure to make your investment a success

Barclays is transforming Glasgow

A new global financial hub on Glasgow city centre’s riverside

Barclays' brand new £500 million campus is a flagship development and a game-changer for the city. Not only will it create 2,500 jobs, the whole site is BREEAM Excellent, signalling our commitment to carbon net-zero standards in commercial property. Watch our video clip to hear why Barclays chose Glasgow.

Read Barclays' story

Scotland tops poll for connectivity

fDi's Large European Region of the Future for Connectivity 2020/21

Scotland has been ranked the top large European region for connectivity in the prestigious fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future Awards.

Providing a safe, efficient, effective and sustainable transport system and 5G digital and mobile connectivity, sits at the heart of Scotland’s international strategy - one that better serves global markets, connects you to your customers, strengthens our trade links and develops sustainable economic growth.

St James Quarter is redefining regeneration

This £1 billion development, funded entirely by overseas capital, is a game-changer for mixed-use, retail-led developments in the UK.

Built in Edinburgh’s historic city centre, St James Quarter is leading the way as a sustainable destination of choice.

Read our St James Quarter story

Aerial view of W Hotel, Edinburgh St James

Want to find out more about investment opportunities in Scotland? Our Capital Investment Team is ready to help.

Latest business updates from Scotland

Aurora building, Glasgow city centre
With the implementation of zero emission zones, green architecture and low carbon heat networks, Scotland is building for a more sustainable future.
View of Glasgow Clyde Auditorium "Aramdillo" and SSE Hydro (right) and Bells Bridge and Crowne Plaza Hotel (left)
Scotland is the perfect place to host COP26 in November which will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners.

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Disclaimer

Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information in these pages is accurate, Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International does not accept any liability for errors, omissions or misleading statements. And no warranty is given, or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Investors will need to undertake their own due diligence in conjunction with individual project promoters/sponsors in relation to the detailed project investment opportunities presented.