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In an increasingly competitive Europe, Scotland continues to be a top ten location for inward investment - and our cities are big hits in the rankings.

In the 2014/15 European Cities and Regions of the Future rankings, announced by fDi Magazine, Scotland was named overall runner-up in the Region of the Future category.   

By improving on 2012's fifth place Scotland has overtaken rival regions in France, Denmark, Sweden and the south-east of England. 

Reasons to invest in Scotland

There are lots of great reasons to choose Scotland:

In the Northern European category Scotland topped the rankings ahead of regions in the rest of the UK and Scandinavia. 

The rankings, voted for by an independent panel of judges, reflect performance in a number of key categories that are priorities for potential investors. 

Scotland's FDI strategy topped the overall rankings - a reflection of the range of support that is available to inward investors planning to locate here. 

The potential of investing in Scotland was also recognised in a number of other categories: 

  • Ranked in the top 10 large regions for economic potential 
  • Ranked in the top 10 overall for human capital and lifestyle 
  • Ranked in the top 10 overall for business friendliness 

Scotland's cities lead the way 

Edinburgh also performed strongly in the rankings featuring in the top 15 cities overall and coming first in the mid-sized city category.

Scotland's capital also topped the mid-sized city rankings for its FDI strategy. 

Glasgow, looking forward to hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, also featured at the top of the rankings lists, joining Edinburgh as a top 15 city overall. 

In the large cities category Glasgow featured in the top 10 and was listed in first place for its FDI strategy. 

Inverness, Dundee and Aberdeen also featured in a number of categories, illustrating the range of locations Scotland can offer potential inward investors. 

Why not join us? 

We're proud of all that Scotland has to offer inward investors and we're here to help companies find a location that suits them in Scotland. 

Is your company ready to join us in a top European region? 

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