Technology and engineering

Connect with Scotland's tech industry

We've got the right people, resources and infrastructure.

Find out why global companies like CGI, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Outplay believe that Scotland has everything you need to succeed in the tech industry. 

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Reasons to locate your business in Scotland

Seven of the most compelling benefits of being in Scotland.

  1. A highly skilled workforce – over 10,000 students a year graduate in software and digitally related disciplines from Scotland’s world leading universities. (Source: HESA, 2015)
  2. A growing economy with strong tech cluster – over a thousand companies in the technology sector and many more in other industries such as oil and gas, renewables and healthcare, all requiring support services from digital technology companies.
  3. A track record of investment – an attractive investment location with over 200 technology related companies investing in Scotland in the last 5 years, including CGI, Avaloq and Lockheed Martin.
  4. Access to UK and global market opportunities – Scotland is globally connected with strong links to the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.
  5. An excellent innovation infrastructure - including universities and innovation labs, designed to encourage collaboration and partnering opportunities between companies in digital health care, big data and sensors and imaging. A robust regulatory environment and access to finance and incentives.
  6. A fantastic quality of life – the low commuting times, beautiful countryside and buzzing cultural life all contribute to Scotland regularly featuring in the best places in the UK to live.
  7. English speaking - but with multi-lingual capabilities.
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Are you connected to Scotland's tech skills?

Scotland has the skills that your tech company needs, thanks to our educated workforce, highly ranked universities and innovative research facilities.

With over 161,000 people employed in more than 10,000 technology and engineering companies, internationally-renowned universities and top data science research facilities, it's no wonder that so many tech companies find the skilled staff they need in Scotland.

Connect to Scotland's technology skills

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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 “Entrepreneurial City of the Year” at the 2016 Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

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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A better quality of life

We all want to find the ideal work/life balance and improve our quality of life.

Scotland boasts outstanding scenery, a cultural heritage dating back seven thousand years and unique leisure facilities which attract people from all over the world. There's free access to healthcare and world renowned educational establishments.  

The cost of living here is roughly 40% less than cities such as London. Scotland provides an obvious, cost effective choice for businesses wishing to locate overseas.

Quality of life in Scotland

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Connecting you to the rest of the world

Whether it's next door, the next country or the other side of the globe.

As you would expect from an advanced economy, Scotland has a highly evolved ICT infrastructure, well established support networks, strong supply chains and global export channels.

Our 7 cities are within a short commute of each other. Scotland's five major airports provide access to over 150 destinations around the world. Strong transport links across the UK also provide links to continental Europe.

We connect you to the right people and resources to help your business thrive

International sector head - Mark Newlands

Mark Newlands

International sector head

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.

Send us a few simple details and a specialist from your region or sector will get back to you.

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