Time to invest in Scotland at the Rugby World Cup 2019

Scotland offers exciting business opportunities to Japanese companies, investors and importers. Meet SDI at the Rugby World Cup 2019 at the Yokohama Creative Centre.

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Invest in Scotland for the future of your business 

Scotland is an inspiring nation on and off the pitch. With around 85 Japanese firms contributing to a £1.5 billion turnover here, including Shin-Etsu Handotai and Mitsubishi Electric, Scotland scores high on investment and exporting potential. Join us at the Rugby World Cup 2019 to discover why Scotland is the UK’s most attractive place for foreign direct investment next to London.

Discover the brilliant commercial prospects across Scotland’s key sectors at a series of exciting events we’ll be co-hosting. Just like in the rugby stadiums, Scotland provides the place, the people and passion for Japanese investors to compete even more on a world stage.



A winning investment location

Scotland is the UK’s most successful location for FDI outside London

3 cities in UK top 10

Three cities in Scotland - Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen - are among the best centres in the UK for attracting international investment

UK's number one for R&D

It’s true: Scotland is the number for one for research and development projects

Business links from Tiree to Tokyo

Did you know that Scotland is Japan's preferred partner in life sciences, with a growing number of research collaborations and Japanese companies expanding into Scotland? Business links between the two nations, don’t end there.

In 2015, the first Scottish-Japanese Whisky was launched, being unveiled simultaneously in both countries and enhancing an already strong cultural and business link between the nations.

Scotland’s total food and drink exports to Japan are valued at almost £100 million, showing that Scotland’s business links are not just multinational, but are making waves worldwide.

More about Japan-Scotland business links on Scotland.org

A glass of whisky on a blue and green tartan table cloth

Scotland will transform your business

Scotland is the perfect partner for your Japanese business to branch into exciting new sectors and markets – all packed with commercial opportunities.

Like Japan, Scotland works hard and plays even harder when it comes to success. From food and creatives to digital natives, Scotland is a leader in the pack of investment across so many thriving sectors throughout the world. 


Tap into Scotland’s £3.9 billion tech sector

Scotland’s tech sector is definitely worth investing in. Worth nearly £4 billion, there are over 1,500 tech firms here, including 100 pure fintechs. What's more, our technology sector is served by thousands of talented professionals.

In fact, Scotland’s tech sector has grown twice as fast as the rest of Scotland’s economy, with around 15,000 graduates coming out of university every year.

Scotland is also the perfect place to expand your fintech firm, and it has a bold ambition to become a top 10 Global FinTech Hub Federation place by 2020.

Visit the Scottish Gin pop-up bar in Tokyo

Did you know that two thirds of all UK gin is produced in Scotland? Over 70 distilleries produce around 250 different gins, generating over £400m in exports.

Come along and sample some of the finest Scottish gins at the Scottish Gin pop-up shop in Tokyo - 101-0041 Sudacho 1-25-4, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku.
Or contact our Tokyo office to arrange to meet one of our advisers to hear about the investment potential of Scotland’s exciting craft gin sector.


Take a tour of Scotland's business opportunities

Matching the on-pitch action, we will co-host a series of events around Scotland's key industries, including food and drink, medical imaging and AI, together with subsea engineering.

The main venue will be Scotland Rugby House, Yokohama, with events run with partners including the SRU. SDI has a partnership with the Nippon Foundation in Japan, which supports Japanese and Scottish companies to participate in research and development (R&D) activity across the subsea and technology sectors.


Scotland: The home of subsea engineering

Did you know the North Sea accounts for 50% of all global subsea wells and 40% of installations?

Scottish inventors have revolutionised the world on countless occasions and the subsea sector is no exception. Our unprecedented experience has allowed us to nurture world-class talent for this technologically demanding industry.

Our subsea supply chain connects you to the best facilities, technologies and innovative minds to meet your business challenges.

Hear from Steven Gray, CEO of ROVOP – a Scottish-based subsea specialist.

A land of food and drink

With our cold, clean waters and unspoiled landscapes, Scotland is blessed with a fantastic larder of the finest food and drink. Scotland is well known for the quality of its natural produce and the ‘farm to plate’ provenance of its premium food and drink.

Our talented producers are passionate about their craft and are dedicated to satisfying the growing international demand for our premium food and drink products.

Discover more about Scotland. A land of food an drink.

Ready to kick start your business with a competitive nation? Contact our Tokyo office where our advisers are always ready to help.