Digital and technology industries in Scotland

Digital technology is Scotland's fastest-growing sector for inward investment with centres of excellence for collaboration across cyber security, data, fintech, games, global business services, software and IT, space, and waste and wastewater technology.

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Scotland’s Internet of Things (IoT) network is the UK’s most advanced network of its kind. It provides the perfect environment for companies to test, develop and commercialise new services.

11,200 tech companies

contribute £6.5 billion to the Scottish economy.

15,000 graduates

each year in digital technology fields from Scotland’s universities.

100,000 people employed

across Scotland's digital and technology industries.

Source: Scottish Economic Statistics, Scottish Enterprise February 2021

A hub of innovation

With hundreds of Scottish companies constantly pushing boundaries in innovation across the full spectrum of technology, Scotland’s digital and technology industries are thriving – growing one and half times faster than the overall economy.

Our innovation labs have been designed to encourage collaboration between companies, academic and public sector organisations. This means innovative products can be designed and tested in real world scenarios.

Poised as the data capital of Europe, Edinburgh is already the UK's top city for startups, with 92% growth potential, while Glasgow is one of the UK’s biggest tech investment hubs, according to Tech Nation.

Opportunities for your business

Senior engineer, Stuart Simpson at work in the CENSIS IoT centre, Glasgow

Cyber security

With cutting-edge research, a connected tech innovation ecosystem and a vibrant community, Scotland is the smart and secure choice for your cyber security project. 

Data and data science

Scotland’s data science cluster currently has over 150 companies creating data-based products and solutions. 

Financial services and fintech

Scotland is the UK’s largest financial centre outside of London, but with up to 40% lower costs, it’s a natural choice for established companies and startups alike.   

Film making technology, Abertay University

Games and creative industries

Scotland is the place for games developers, digital media, film and TV production thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities, creative talent and boundless opportunities 

Global business services

With a proven track record in servicing global markets, and a world-class infrastructure, Scotland is the natural choice for global business services. 

Trade & Investment Minister Ivan McKee with Dr Graeme Malcolm CEO and founder of M Squared Lasers in a lab

Software and IT

Access a dynamic and supportive ecosystem with some of the best tech talent and creative minds in Europe. 

LEMUR2 satellite - image courtesy of Spire Global

Space technology

Scotland’s combination of manufacturing expertise, technological innovation and end-to-end capabilities make it uniquely able to harness the possibilities of space. 

The Falkirk Wheel

Water and wastewater technology

With a track record of innovation and enterprise, abundant water resources and world-class research facilities, Scotland is the ideal living lab for water and wastewater projects. 

Scotland's exciting future at the heart of the data science revolution

Scotland is investing £661 million into turning the capital city, Edinburgh, into the ‘Data Capital of Europe’.

This ambitious 10-year Data-Driven Innovation programme will work with partners in government, industry, and educational institutions to make Scotland the location of choice for data science startups and data science companies

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Our people and skills

Access an exceptionally well educated, skilled and talented workforce. 

Investment opportunities

Not sure where in Scotland to set up your business? Depending on your sector, business type and needs, Scotland has it all. 

11 future technologies

Digital technologies are transforming every sector of the global economy, and Scotland’s long heritage of tech innovation is helping it lead the way.  

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