Broadband, phones and information technology in Scotland

It’s essential your business has the right IT, phone and internet infrastructure to succeed. In Scotland, you have a wide choice of IT, phone and internet providers and services.

Internet options

Several internet options are available, with different transfer speeds and processing times:

  • ADSL 2+ - fast broadband for your business.
  • Business fibre optics - superfast broadband.
  • Ethernet First Mile Line (EFM) - a dedicated direct line for your business. Ideal Voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and sharing large data files.
  • Fibre Leased Lines - a dedicated one-to-one data connection between sites. Ideal if you need speed, reliability and security.


You can choose analogue or digital telephone lines for your business. A digital system is recommended. It offers a more comprehensive system and is the most popular option. Your business can have a single main number and individual numbers for your employees.

Alternatively, a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) allows you to make calls over a dedicated internet connection.


Around 99% of the Scottish population has access to standard broadband, and 95% of businesses in Scotland and the UK have access to superfast broadband. That’s already higher than France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The Scottish Government is committed to delivering digital connectivity across the whole of Scotland by 2020.

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Choosing a structure for your business

When you set up a business in Scotland, you’ll need to consider which company structure to use. It’s important you choose the right structure for your particular business.

National minimum wage and salaries in Scotland

Salaries in Scotland vary according to the type of work, the sector and where the job is located. The National Minimum Wage is the minimum rate you must pay your employees. There are now more than 1,800 Real Living Wage employers in Scotland.

Business tax

Besides competitive business tax rates, Scotland offers incentives for research and development. Find out about tax requirements for your business.

Getting business insurance in Scotland

Find out about the different types of insurance you need to have for your business in Scotland.

Solicitors in Scotland

A solicitor can help guide you through the process, providing advice on everything from business structures, tax and insurance, to rules for employing staff, buying or renting property – and more.

Business acronyms

Acronyms and abbreviations are often used in Scottish businesses. Find the definitions of frequently used business terms in our glossary.

Accountants in Scotland

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland can help you make sure you set up your business correctly.

Immigration and visas

Find information about different visa options if you want to relocate to or invest in Scotland.

If you have any questions or would like to talk with one of our advisers, we are always ready to help.