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6 reasons to locate your tech business in Scotland

  1. Highly skilled workforce – our universities produce thousands of graduates in tech, maths, engineering and science subjects each year
  2. Strong tech cluster – we have over 1500  technology companies, and our digital technology sector is forecast to grow twice as fast as the Scottish economy overall in the years to 2024
  3. Competitive costs - Scottish salary costs are among the lowest in Europe (fDi benchmark report)
  4. Access to market opportunities - Scotland is globally connected with strong links to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world
  5. Excellent innovation infrastructure - including universities and innovation labs that encourage collaboration between companies in digital health, data, sensors and oil and gas
  6. Fantastic quality of life – the low commuting times, beautiful countryside and buzzing cultural life make Scotland a great place to live as well as do business

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Scotland has one of the highest concentrations of universities in Europe. Not only that, but over 50% of our working population has further education - that's more than anywhere else in the UK.

Looks like Scotland is the smart choice.

But don't just take our word for it. Hear why the skills available in Scotland helped Hewlett Packard decide to come here.

Why Edinburgh is a great place for tech

Did you know that Edinburgh secured more investment than any other tech cluster outside of London in 2016?

Scotland’s capital was also named the best city in the UK to launch a start-up by Expert Market.

And, according to Tech Nation, Edinburgh's tech sector has 92% growth potential.

In short, it’s a pretty good place to do business, especially for technology companies. Here’s why.

4 reasons why Edinburgh is a top tech location

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Why Spire chose Scotland

Skilled talent, access to risk capital and the support we offer to innovative companies

These are among the top reasons that Californian satellite-based data specialists Spire chose to set up in Scotland.

“In terms of character, work ethic and passion for what they do, we have found the people that we have been able to attract in Scotland to be absolutely world-class.” - Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire

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£5 million investment in Xilinx's 5G research in Edinburgh

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Stream Technologies: well connected to the IoT

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Intel and Edinburgh University: the transformation of data science

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