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The world on our doorstep

Invest in Scotland and you'll be close to some huge markets.

Your business operations will run smoothly thanks to our connected cities and connections to global markets.

The UK is the world’s eighth largest economy and is number two for purchasing power in Europe. With a global network of offices and in-depth knowledge of Scotland, we're here to help every step of the way.

Our connections

Whether it’s to London, Europe, or the rest of the world, Scotland is very well-connected.

Five international airports offering 150 destinations make, for example, a quick hour’s flight to London or a longer-haul one to New York simple.

Go by rail from Edinburgh or Glasgow, and London is less than five hours away. Major motorway roads head south too, whilst a freight ferry service connects with Northern Europe.

Edinburgh Waverley station with light path
Three people looking at graphs on a big screen with a light path

Industry links

Being in Scotland means you’ll benefit from industry clusters and connected supply chains.

We host companies in leading industries such as oil and gas in Aberdeen, renewables R&D in Glasgow and life sciences in Edinburgh. Scotland is also home to a number of science and business parks. Investors from sectors such as life sciences, low carbon, and renewables and general manufacturing can benefit from financial incentives.

Financial support in Scotland

A world of opportunity

We're committed to boosting Scotland's exports. Why not join us?

  1. Scotland's top five export markets by country are USA, Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium 
  2. Scotland's food and drink sector contributes 18% of our overseas exports, growing 53% sinces 2007 - 40 bottles of whisky are exported every second 
  3. Exports are varied and growing - Scotland's chemical sciences industry, for example, has total exports worth £3.7 billion 
  4. A commitment to innovation boosts exports - Scotland's technology sector boasts exports of £6.5 billion 
  5. Scottish companies are constantly exploring new markets - Scotland's textiles industry alone exports to over 150 countries

One of Europe's fastest-growing medtech firms

Optos, a Scottish producer of retinal imaging devices is one of Europe's fastest-growing medtech company over the past five years.

Thanks to our support, the company now sells its eye testing devices worldwide and sees significant opportunities in Middle East and South America for disease detection in diabetes.

We help ambitious companies like Optos succeed and grow. Let us help you.

Source: EY Pulse of the industry - medical technology report 2013

You have friendly, well-educated, hard-working people, a beautiful environment and a local investor base that has a long history of backing risk...what
more could you want?

Founder of Optos - Douglas Anderson

A connected base for your company

More examples of Scotland's easy connections:

  1. Numerous domestic airports serve outlying areas such as the Shetland and Orkney Islands 
  2. An hour to fly to London from Scotland and Scotland's airports offer hundreds of flights each week
  3. Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest, handling over 9.2 million passengers a year. Around 40 airlines flying to 100 destinations
  4. Glasgow International Airport is Scotland's long-haul gateway, with regular flights to the Middle East, the USA and Canada. It handles 7 million passengers each year
  5. Scotland's modern, comprehensive road network has less traffic density than other parts of the UK

Talk to us

We can answer your questions about locating in Scotland. We can also give you details of funding support that may be available to you.

We needed a location that was at the heart of the financial industry while also being a hub for current and upcoming talent in the technology field.

Chris Zwicker, Managing Director of Avaloq Innovation