UK-EU trade deal and Scotland's place in Europe

Scotland, as part of the UK, may well have left the European Union, but Scotland’s deep and longstanding connections with Europe remain. Our universities and workplaces are open to you, always. As one of the most innovative UK locations for investment and trade, Scotland continues its close relationships with EU countries and businesses, welcoming those who choose to live and work here.

Be part of Scotland's green recovery

What does the post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal mean for your investment and trade with Scotland?

Scotland is no longer part of the EU, but as a progressive nation, Scotland is committed to staying as close to Europe as possible. We continue to work collaboratively with our European friends, around our shared values and interests to tackle global issues together, and towards a fair and green recovery from the pandemic.

We’re actively engaged in European networks and continue to strengthen our relationships in EU markets, supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, our international partners, networks and innovation hubs. We’re open to sharing our learning and expertise to support policy and funding developments on green projects that will create opportunities for businesses, universities, colleges and communities across Scotland.

Our support extends to Scotland’s enterprise and skills agencies, helping companies, whether based in Scotland or setting up operations here, to adapt their business and supply chains to the changing business environment. This means building resilience and supporting investment in people, technology and markets that will pay dividends longer term.

Hydrogen is rapidly emerging across the international community as a sustainable solution for the decarbonisation of the economy. Scotland is prepared to play its full part together with other European nations. The Scottish Government is investing £100 million over the next five years to support a green recovery and Scotland’s transition to net zero.

Scotland’s role in a hydrogen energy future

"Scotland has, in abundance, all the raw ingredients necessary for the production of low-cost hydrogen as well as one of the largest concentrations of offshore engineering expertise in the world that can harness Scotland’s renewable energy potential in technologies like wind, wave and tidal power, to produce green hydrogen. Indeed, Scotland is one of the best placed nations anywhere in the world to develop competitively priced hydrogen for our own economy’s needs and to generate a surplus in supply to export to other European nations with emerging demand, but insufficient supply to meet their own needs."

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland's Energy Minister

Open spaces to collaborate

We’ve set up innovation and investment hubs in Dublin, London, Brussels, Berlin and Paris. This is part of wider work across government, partners and businesses to support trade, investment, innovation and relations with other governments in Europe. These hubs are the ideal platform to explore investment opportunities in Scotland. And an opportunity to work with others, with Scottish industry and universities.

Each hub is different and tailored to the opportunities present in the market it’s located in. As well as promoting trade and inward investment, the hubs also cover broader economic opportunities, including:

  • Promoting Scotland's research, innovation, industrial, social and cultural strengths
  • Building diplomatic relations between governments
  • Pursuing cultural collaborations
  • Exploring collaborative research and innovation opportunities

The hubs complement our other offices across Europe and globally.

Our innovation and investment hubs in Europe

Scotland's supply chains are open for business

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Computer games students, Abertay University

Data science

We do great things with data. Scotland is set to become the 'Data Capital of Europe' with an ambitious 10-year Data-Driven Innovation programme to meet the needs of businesses, both now and in the future. 

Photo: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Food and drink

Whether you’re a wholesaler, retailer, foodservice operator, importer or an agent, if you're interested in buying the very best Scottish food and drink products, our international team is here to help you. 

Aerial image taken at European Offshore Wind Development Centre, Aberdeen Bay

Green energy

Scotland is Europe’s leading energy hub. Not only is Scotland home to Europe's largest tidal power project, it has 25% of Europe’s offshore wind and tidal resource. 

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