Locations for your business

Find the right location for your business in Scotland and negotiate your lease.


Scotland offers the best locations for your business to thrive. Key cities Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow provide exciting opportunities in all sectors – from energy, to finance, to life sciences and more.

And our well-connected cities mean you’re always close to the global market.

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


It’s easy to lease a property for your business in Scotland. Find out what to consider and how a solicitor can help.

Leasing practices in Scotland

Leasing practises in Scotland are based on UK land laws. As a business, you need to consider:

  • The length of your lease
  • Any rent-free periods
  • Rental cost reviews that change the rate
  • Insurance and repairs
  • Additional costs such as Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Business rates, which are set by the local authority

Get advice

It’s important you understand the terms of leasing a property for your business. A solicitor knows the local commercial property market and can help you navigate the legal complexities of negotiating a lease.

Find a solicitor from the Law Society of Scotland

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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 the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, as well offering a first-class digital infrastructure.

Key Sectors

Take a look at the key opportunities across our industry sectors that will give you the best return on your investment.

If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.