Why Scotland’s the place to do great things with data

Scotland is a growing and dynamic country with an exciting future at the heart of the data science revolution - an estimated £20 billion opportunity for the economy. Our thinking around artificial intelligence and the use of data for business is big. Our ambition is even bigger.

Scotland's big data ecosystem

Data is the future. That’s why we’re investing £661 million in our vision of turning our capital city into the ‘Data Capital of Europe’.

Scotland’s ambitious 10-year Data-Driven Innovation programme will work with partners in government, industry, and educational institutions to make Scotland the No.1 location of choice for data science startups and data science companies.

You’ll find excellence in education, a nation of invention and dedicated research hubs across the country. You can be confident that Scotland has a talent pool with the skills and experience required to grow your business. And, with a highly responsive skills and education system, we’ll meet your needs both now and in the future.

An environment bursting with innovation

Scotland’s innovative culture has created more university spin outs here than anywhere else in the UK – including London. Scotland has eight innovation centres and the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s top research universities in computer science. We also punch above our weight in this area globally, rubbing shoulders with the top 20 research institutions worldwide.  

Our community is well connected

We have a strong presence in, and access to, many data-rich sectors offering the greatest global opportunities, including space, fintech, finance, engineering, energy, technology and health and care 

Scotland: Where Ideas Become Legend
Computer games students, Abertay University

Digital tech talent is readily available in Scotland

We have 96,000 people working in roles across digital technologies, within companies that are doing exciting things in data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, space, cyber security, ecommerce, software, telecomms and media.  

Scotland's future-proofed workforce 

We understand the importance of data in advancing our society. That’s why we’re committed to training 100,000 people in the application of data. Explore the Bayes Centre, Europe’s largest training hub in data sciences. 

Scotland is a competitive location for business

It’s up to 40% more cost effective to locate in Scotland than other parts of the UK.

Home to tech unicorns

Scotland’s national animal is the mythical horned creature but it’s also home to tech unicorns. Edinburgh-based fintech giant FNZ is Scotland’s latest startup to reach 'unicorn' status. The company now holds around £330 billion in assets globally.

School of Informatics, Informatics Forum, Edinburgh

Your business could be going places

By locating to Scotland, you can access our highly educated workforce and renowned academic institutions, which have an outstanding record of industry engagement. We’ve invested significantly in our universities and innovation centres, creating a unique tech hub and spirited community.

At the heart of this ethos is The Data Lab, an innovation centre where industry, the public sector and world-class researchers can come together to develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. With a Scotland-wide presence, The Data Lab is focused on delivering a range of activities around collaborative innovation, skills and training and community building as well as leading Scotland’s strategy to unlock the social and economic potential of artificial intelligence (AI).

Phase 2 of the centre's growth plan saw it secure £13.5 million Scottish Government investment over 5 years from April 2019. This new funding will allow The Data Lab to improve data innovation’s economic impact on Scotland, generate more jobs and build on its growing global reputation. It also includes supporting 665 new data science Masters (MScs), ensuring a pipeline of talent into Scottish businesses.

Our greatest thinkers are ready to collaborate with you

Community is important to Scotland - it's a place where great minds come together. Scotland is home to ambitious indigenous tech companies which have data at their core as well as some of the world’s leading tech giants such as Amazon and Oracle.

Underpinning this unique community is a supportive public sector, and a government that’s a strong advocate of the use of data for societal and economic benefit and supports uptake through its investments in infrastructure and innovation.  

Matching quality of work with quality of life

Beyond the office, Scotland is a land of great natural beauty and our warmth and hospitality are world-renowned. Our friendly communities combine an exceptional quality of life with low cost of living, making the move to Scotland an attractive option for you and your employees.

Our progressive government policies strive to make Scotland a fairer and better place to live and work, for citizens and residents alike.

We’d love you to join the many top global tech businesses that choose to locate, operate and grow in Scotland alongside our ambitious local companies. And we’re here for you throughout the journey – with support before, during and after you locate.

For a small country we’re making big waves in global markets...

Big data industry examples in Scotland

Scotland's tech community news

Calton Hill in Edinburgh

iRes-Geo

Think of the perfect location for tech talent to grow your business. That's exactly what China-based iRes-Geo Technology did when it opened its first Scottish base in Edinburgh.

pureLiFi team

pureLiFi

Think of a world where every light could connect you to the internet. Scottish company pureLiFi is redefining technology with a new method of wireless communication that will change how we access the internet.

Jim Tomaney, Renovite Technologies

Renovite

Think of the seemingly impossible as possible. People said it couldn’t be done, but Renovite Technologies did it anyway. The first ever cloud-native ATM solution is now well on its way, thanks to the work of its team based in Dunfermline, Scotland.

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