With more than 2,000 financial businesses operating here and a growing fintech industry, Scotland is one of Europe's leading financial centres and internationally recognised as the UK's largest outside London. Discover what Scotland can offer to help grow your financial services company.

Why Scotland is a good fit for your financial services business

161,000 professionals

already working in financial and professional services

290,000 students

studying for bright careers in financial services

Up to 40% lower costs

for property and salary compared to London

Join an already thriving network

Scotland’s thriving financial community is made up of over 2,000 financial services businesses and more than 3,650 professional services firms (including accountancy, legal and consultancy firms) who can offer vital support for financial businesses.

This, coupled with close collaboration between businesses and our 19 universities, makes Scotland a hub for fintech, cyber security and data science industries.

"Scotland is already well-known as a centre for fintech. Quite simply, it has the right ecosystem to nurture a company like Previse.”

David Brown, co-founder and chief product officer at Previse

ACCA staff at their Glasgow office with the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art in the background

Access the skills and talent you need

As well as some of the most business-friendly labour market regulations in Europe, we’ve also got a huge pool of talented employees already working in the market, including EU and global professionals with additional language skills. And with over 290,000 Scottish, EU and global students currently studying for careers in finance, this talent pool is always growing.

Scotland has some of the best universities in the world, with expertise across data, cyber security, quantum, blockchain and artificial intelligence.

Read about Scotland's software and IT capability

"The team that we’ve recruited in Scotland already had significant specialist knowledge and expertise. Compared to London, there is far more stability in the workforce and that really benefits a company like ours.”

Jim Tomaney, chief operating officer, Renovite Technologies

Benefit from ongoing support 

With over 300 years of expertise in financial services, we know how to help businesses succeed. Our five-year plan for the financial services sector provides a strong set of initiatives to strengthen our industry. We can help you access funding, set you up with key contacts and offer business development advice.

We supported over 100 new foreign direct investment projects in 2018-19, which will create or safeguard over 10,000 planned jobs – an increase of 18% on the previous financial year. If you’re looking to relocate to Scotland, we could help you too.

Broomielaw Glasgow

Scotland's financial services expertise

Fintech opportunities

The smartest location for fintech companies to locate and grow

Discover the many developments taking place and opportunities open to fintech companies in Scotland. 

Stephen Ingledew, CEO of FinTech Scotland and Chris Brooks, Chief Financial Officer, Modulr share their insights on Scotland's fast-growing fintech hub.

Watch our webinar

Read Modulr's story

Watch our fintech opportunities in Scotland webinar

Get in touch

Contact our team to discuss your business and find out how we could help.

Scotland's financial and business services guide (PDF, 3MB)

What our investors say about Scotland

Jim Tomaney, Renovite Technologies
Renovite Technologies: fintech start-up takes on the impossible
David Brown, co-founder and chief product officer at Previse
Why Previse chose Glasgow to establish its R&D centre
Global banking giant chooses Scotland for its state-of-the-art campus
Calton Hill in Edinburgh
HSBC chooses Scotland for its risk and compliance centre of excellence

If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.