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Financial services in Scotland

We're always connected with the global financial landscape

Scotland is one of the most important European financial centres.

Scotland has been ranked best performing destination for inward investment outside London for five years in a row since 2012, according to the EY Attractiveness Survey 2017.

Our talented and flexible workforce, modern infrastructure and great transport connections make Scotland the natural choice for international companies. Always succeeding in the present, Scotland has a strong, connected community of professional advisers and suppliers.

Talent is ever-present in Scotland - here and now

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

There are more reasons than ever why companies like yours can connect with the right people for their operations in Scotland. Financial and fintech industries in Scotland employ over 85,400 people and contribute £7 billion to the UK’s GDP.

Complementing its home to over 600 financial and business service companies, Scotland also has 19 higher education institutes with over 280,000 students. Many of them graduate with skills ideally linked to the financial and fintech sectors.

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

Choosing where to expand and diversify is a vital decision now and for many years down the line.

Scotland provides excellent connectivity for financial and fintech companies, including five international airports with transport links across the UK, Europe and North America. We also have the highest average fixed broadband speed for the UK, according to a 2018 Ookla speedtest report.

Scotland has strong connections with financial institutions in the City of London but can offer a cost-base that's 25-50% lower than London, Paris or Frankfurt. And with a range of funding and help available in a supportive business environment, Scotland offers an attractive nearshore location for your financial services operation.

(Source: Financial Times, FDI Benchmark Tool)

Glasgow

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J.P. Morgan

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MD of JP Morgan on skills and 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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