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Business visas

If you want to invest in Scotland, there are different visa options to consider.

Some business visas are short term and allow for visits to Scotland to search for investment and business opportunities. Other visas are more permanent and allow for longer term relocation of investors and staff.

Business visa guidance from TalentScotland

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Setting up a company

When you set up a business in Scotland, you need to register as a private limited company or the UK branch of a foreign company. 

Get guidance on how to choose the right structure for your business in Scotland, get insurance and find an accountant or solicitor.

Company set-up guidance from TalentScotland

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Business taxes

Scotland offers competitive business tax rates, as well as incentives for research and development.

Find out about:

  • Tax requirements for your business
  • Corporation Tax, property tax and Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Business rates
  • Tax relief and incentives

Business tax guidance from TalentScotland

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Setting up your office

Scotland offers a range of property options and incentives to help you set up here. Get guidance on how to find the right office location, negotiate a lease and set up your office’s internet and phones.

Office set-up guidance from TalentScotland

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Employment law

As a business in Scotland, you need to comply with certain employment laws and regulations.

Find out about:

  • Income tax, National Insurance and PAYE (Pay As You Earn)
  • Working hours, overtime and holidays
  • Contracts and terms of employment
  • Pensions and benefits
  • Restructuring and redundancy
  • Health and safety
  • Data protection

Employment law guidance from TalentScotland

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Business banking

When you set up your company in Scotland, you’ll need to open a business bank account. Find out what you need to do and how long the process takes.

Business banking guidance from TalentScotland

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Recruitment support

TalentScotland helps Scottish-based businesses and investors attract, develop and retain skilled professionals for their business.

Recruitment support from TalentScotland

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With 42 offices in 20 countries, our knowledgeable staff can talk you through Scotland’s capabilities and the funding support that may be available to you.

SDI will help you with identifying premises and investment opportunities and access funding for employment creation, R&D and training programmes.

Tell us a bit about your business and a specialist from your region or sector will get back to you.

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