Locations and commercial property

Not sure where in Scotland to set up your business? Depending on your sector, business type and needs, there are lots of different locations to choose from. From our big cities to our rural locations and industrial parks, Scotland can provide a huge range of options at a lower cost. Plus, our smart cities, enterprising business parks and prime real estate offer great investment opportunities.

3 of the UK’s top 10 cities

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen are all in the UK’s top 10 cities for international investment

16 enterprise zones

Our enterprise zones are strategically located across the country

Millions invested in long-term plans

Government funding is helping to boost our cities and rural areas.

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Scotland's Enterprise Zones and business incentives

Being in Scotland means you’ll also benefit from business clusters – you can choose to locate your business in a specialised centre of excellence for your sector.

Our 16 Enterprise Zones (Areas) offer support to help you set up and expand, including simplified planning processes, financial incentives and business-ready infrastructures.

Find out about Scotland's Enterprise Areas and business incentives on the GOV.SCOT website

Average property costs in Scotland

Commercial property costs in Scotland are significantly lower than in London, and lower than many other UK cities. Here’s how the cost of Grade A office space per square foot compares around the UK:

  • Edinburgh – £35 city centre / £22.00 out of town
  • Glasgow – £32.50 city centre / £17.00 out of town
  • Aberdeen – £32.50
  • London West End – £120.00
  • London City – £68.50
  • Manchester – £37.50
  • Birmingham – £34.00
  • Dublin – €60.00 (around £54.00)

Source: Colliers International

Looking for a range of capital investment opportunities in Scotland?

We've showcased a range of current/live investment opportunities both for green investment and for commercial real estate. So whether you are a property developer looking for your next project, or a venture capitalist looking for new and exciting opportunities in the low carbon space, we have a number of investment opportunities available.

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How we can help

We can work with your business to understand your needs, and then help you choose a location that’s going to work for you long-term. Once you’ve decided on a location, we can help you find the right office, unit, land or other type of space. We can help you through the process or leasing, buying or building – and can even help you access any funding you might be eligible for.

Speak to our team to get started

We can answer any questions you have, or help you get the ball rolling if you’re interested in setting up here.

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Setting up your business

Find guidance on setting up a business in Scotland, including information on taxes, insurance, immigration and more.

Infrastructure and connectivity

Scotland has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, as well offering a first-class digital infrastructure.

Financial and tax incentives

Funding and tax relief schemes are great ways to get new projects off the ground and attract new investors to help you grow.