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Invest in Scotland’s infrastructure

There are a range of infrastructure project opportunities in Scotland.

The Scottish Cities Alliance Pitch Book showcases exciting projects across seven Scottish cities:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Perth
  • Stirling

It’s a diverse portfolio of high-quality, investor-ready projects, in both public and private sectors. There are office, commercial and industrial developments, hotel and leisure, as well as mixed use and infrastructure.

Besides large-scale, site-specific projects, there is also potential to bring together smaller schemes to create projects of scale.

A single point-of-contact makes it easy to explore the possibilities. 

Scottish Cities Alliance projects

Capital investment opportunities in Scotland

A strong and attractive investment offer.

With our growing economy, thriving cities and outstanding talent, combined with world-leading universities and leading-edge innovation, Scotland has much to offer international investors. Scotland also has: 

  • A supportive public sector 
  • Global transport connections 
  • A strong financial and legal system 
  • A track record of helping investors

A wide range of investor-ready opportunities are available.

Find out about investment opportunities

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Your business is connected 24/7

Our transport and digital connections will accelerate your business's productivity.

Your ambitious business can thrive with Scotland's transport links, digital networks, premises and facilities.

Our motorway network, rail links, deep-water ports and international airports all combine to carry goods and people swiftly and reliably, within and beyond Scotland's borders.

And Scotland's ever-expanding broadband and 4G services keep our digital economy, and your business, moving.

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Vital international air links 

Our airports and airways are your bridge to the rest of the world.

Scotland's five main airports have international flights that connect millions of passengers to around 150 destinations worldwide. And these routes are growing year by year.

If you're heading for London, it can be just an hour away with an average of 100 flights every day.

Oil and gas workers use one of the world's busiest heliports in Aberdeen.

For businesses that need it, bulk and specialist air freight services can move your express delivery imports and exports with next-day urgency.

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Building bridges, opening roads

Steady infrastructure investment is driving down costs and journey times.

Around £2.7 billion will be invested in improvements to major road infrastructure by 2020, increasing access and reducing costs for key sectors.

The Queensferry Crossing, a vital north-south artery, with 70mph motorway status, provides swift transport for 80,000 daily motorists. Widening the A9 to Inverness and building the Aberdeen bypass will also help.

Major upgrades to three of Scotland’s busiest motorways will drive down journey times in the Central Belt, where over 60% of Scotland lives and works.

Three bridges over Forth
New Forth Crossing (left). Pic courtesy Transport Scotland.

Speeding up the rail revolution

Major railway upgrades are on track to increase your business efficiency.

Your business can benefit from swift and easy access between Scotland's two main cities. Rail investment enables fast journeys of just 45 minutes between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Even better, more improvements are planned for all Scottish cities, adding 200 trains and 200,000 seats.

Travelling to the UK capital? Frequent, direct rail journeys to London can take as little as 4.5 hours with speedy connections to other UK cities.

Edinburgh trams, an upgraded Glasgow subway and a rail link to the Scottish Borders have further improved connectivity.

Borders Railways workers

Scotland’s seaports

Connecting your goods and passengers by sea - here and now.

  • Scottish ports handle international cargo, warehousing and distribution, passenger ferries, and offshore oil and gas services
  • Grangemouth port, on the east coast, is Scotland's largest multi-modal container terminal and a major UK petro-chemical complex
  • There are seven major, fully-operational deep-water ports in Scotland
  • Frequent ferry services connect with Europe, Ireland and Scotland's island communities
  • Scotland's west coast harbours offer comprehensive mooring, chandlery and leisure facilities for yachting
Aberdeen harbour

Scotland’s superfast superhighways

£410 million investment in digital connectivity.

Scotland connects with the world at light speed. It's always on. Drawing on superfast broadband, 100% of Scots premises will be covered by a 5G network by 2021. At present, the existing £410 million Digital Scotland programme has already made superfast broadband networks available to nearly 90% of premises.

All seven major cities in Scotland are working to become Smart Cities. This will better manage urban congestion, maximise energy efficiency, enhance public safety, help improve air quality and traffic flow, and cut pollution.

The Scottish Government published a Digital Strategy, which confirms its plan to make 30Mbps+ superfast broadband available to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021.

Scottish Government Digital Strategy

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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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