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From financial services to oil and gas, technology and engineering to life sciences, companies from all over the world choose to set up in Scotland.

They choose Scotland for our talented people, the support available to ambitious companies and because they want to connect to new customers and new markets.

Scotland is the right place to be for an innovative technology company.

Andy Smyth, CEO, Agenor Technology
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Connect with new talent

Setting up in Scotland will connect you with the talent your company needs to grow.

Choosing Scotland gives you access to a skilled and stable workforce and the highest educational attainment in the UK.

And we can help you connect with the right partners in our universities to boost your R&D projects and make the most of Scotland's tradition of innovation and discovery.

In fact, our universities work with over 26,000 companies every year, helping companies like yours turn R&D into products and profit.

Connect with new markets

Setting up in Scotland means having access to customers across the world.

Your Scottish base will give your company access to local industry clusters and supply chains.

You'll have the UK and European markets on your doorstep and access to markets around the world - Scottish-based oil and gas companies alone are active in over 100 markets around the world.

Our five major airports serve over 150 destinations - and our staff in Scotland and around the world can help you build connections with new customers and partners in new markets.

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Your guide to setting up in Scotland

From the moment you consider Scotland as a base for your business, we can help.

Setting up in Scotland is quick and efficient. And we'll help connect you with the skilled employees who can make the most of global opportunities.

Scotland can offer your company competitive tax rates, labour costs and property prices.

You can also benefit from tax breaks for R&D, financial assistance, a skilled workforce and a thriving academic sector.

And we can help you every step of the way.

  • Find the right location
  • Find the right staff
  • Find the right partners for collaborative projects
  • Find the right financial support and grants

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Support to set up in Scotland

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Scotland is brilliantly connected for business - we'll help you make the most of it.

We'll support you before, during and after you choose Scotland for your business.

That makes it quicker and easier for your company to find premises, recruit staff, access funding and make the most of opportunities in Scotland and around the world.

And it's why 73% of inward investors consider us to have been important in keeping their companies in Scotland.

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International operations director - Neil Francis

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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