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Financial services in Scotland

We're connected with the global financial landscape

Scotland is one of the most important European financial centres outside London, ranking as the best performing region for inward investment outside of London in the UK by Ernst & Young Global Investment Report in 2014.

Our talented and flexible workforce, modern infrastructure and great transport connections make Scotland the natural choice for international companies.

As well as this, Scotland has a strong, connected community of professional advisers and suppliers.

Talent is available, flexible and scalable

Access the people, skills and technology to help build your business

There are many reasons why companies like yours can connect with right people for their operations in Scotland. The financial services sector in Scotland employs over 85,400 people, contributing £7 billion to the UK’s GDP.

As well as already being a home to large cross section of financial services companies, Scotland also has 19 higher education institutes with over 280,000 students, many of them graduating with skills that are ideally linked to the financial services sector.

Scotland's talented workforce

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Financial services

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Edinburgh

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How Baillie Gifford's connections to Edinburgh helped them to grow

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FinTech

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Are you connected? Scotland's skilled in fintech

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Scotland is the logical location

Location is an important decision for your company and Scotland provides excellent connectivity, including five international airports with transport links to UK, Europe and North America, and high bandwidth communications infrastructure.

Additionally, with one of Europe's lowest tax rates and a range of funding and help available in a supportive business environment, Scotland offers an attractive nearshore location for your financial services operation. 

Scotland has strong connections with financial institutions in the City of London but can offer a cost-base that's 25 to 50 per cent lower than London, Paris or Frankfurt.
(Source: Financial Times, FDI Benchmark Tool 2015)

Glasgow

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J.P. Morgan

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JP Morgan MD, on skills & success in Scotland

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BlackRock

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BlackRock in Edinburgh – Think local, be global

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Scotland's a prime location for Morgan Stanley in addition to London

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Companies investing in Scotland benefit from our talented workforce and have easy access to other financial and business centres across Europe and the rest of the world.


International sector head for financial and business services - Sharon Hamilton

Pioneering, innovative, world-class. For centuries Scotland has represented the very best in financial services. We still do - isn't it time your company joined us?

We have offices in 20 countries, staffed by teams who can talk you through Scotland’s capabilities and the funding support that may be available to you.

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