Support and success

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 Scotland supports investors

Clear planning. Reliable regulation. The best business rates in the UK. Our investor-friendly policies make sure that nothing gets in the way of 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.​
Colleagues at our Mission Lab 2019
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 £2bn 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 £500m 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. Hear why they chose Glasgow in our video.

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.

Don't miss the awards ceremony at MIPIM 2020 in Cannes.

St James is redefining Edinburgh

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

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

More on the Edinburgh St James website

Edinburgh St James under construction

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News and features

Scotland tops poll of Europe's most connected investment locations
Scotland is the UK's most successful location for FDI outside London

Scotland's Capital Investment Portfolio (PDF, 15MB)

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