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A connected base for your company

Some examples of Scotland's easy connections.

  1. Six main airports with 11 serving outlying areas such as the Shetland and Orkney Islands
  2. An hour to fly to London and Scotland's airports offer hundreds of flights each week
  3. Edinburgh Airport is Scotland's busiest, handling over 12 million passengers a year - around 33 airlines fly to 130 destinations
  4. Glasgow International Airport is Scotland's long-haul gateway, with regular flights to the Middle East, the USA and Canada, it handles over 9 million passengers each year
  5. Scotland's modern, comprehensive road network has less traffic density than other parts of the UK

The world's 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 travel connections

Whether you're heading to London, Europe or the rest of the world, Scotland is well-connected.

Five international airports offer 150 destinations, so a quick hour’s flight to London or a longer-haul one to New York is simple.

By train, you can travel between Edinburgh and Glasgow in under an hour, and to London in less than four and a half hours.

Major motorway roads head south too, while a freight ferry service connects with Northern Europe.

More on Scotland's connections

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A global phenomenon

Outplay Entertainment swapped the Golden Coast of California for the east coast of Scotland.

From its Dundee base, Outplay has been able to connect with overseas partners and become part of a global phenomenon.

And, thanks to the skills and experience available across the country, Scotland offers the perfect location for further expansion.

Why Outplay chose Scotland

If the company became so successful that it required further growth, there's Glasgow, there's Edinburgh, there's lots of places in Scotland that we could open up another location and start tapping the talent there.

CEO of Outplay - Douglas Hare

A world of opportunity

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

  1. Scotland's exports reached £75.6 billion in 2016
  2. Scotland's top five export markets by country are USA, Netherlands, France, Germany and Norway
  3. Scotland's food and drink sector contributed 18.3% of our overseas exports, worth £5.5 billion in 2016
  4. Exports are varied and growing - for example, Scotland's professional, scientific and technical industries boast exports of £1 billion
  5. Scottish companies are constantly exploring new markets - Scotland's textiles industry alone exports to over 150 countries

Source: Scottish Government export statistics 2018

Contact us

Talk to us about doing business in Scotland.

Our global staff can help you find the right finance and other support to help you establish your business in Scotland.

Whether you're ready to invest or trade, or just want to chat about a potential project, we're here to help.

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