From historic castles and stunning scenery to whisky and innovation, Scotland is a true global leader.
With a strong tradition of industry, innovation and education, it’s no accident that the country attracts more foreign investors than any other UK region.
Our people, infrastructure, expertise, quality of life and supportive business environment have made Scotland the choice of some of the world’s biggest and brightest companies.
With a strong network of seven cities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Aberdeen, Perth, Dundee and Stirling) the country has five international airports serving 150 destinations making it easy to connect with new customers and partners in every key global market.
Culturally, Scotland has an enviable global reputation. From tartan and bagpipes to whisky and haggis, its reputation is second to none. It’s also home to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world’s largest arts festival, attracting more than four million visitors every year.
Scotland has long held a reputation for educational excellence and is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the UK, including St. Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Dundee, Stirling and Strathclyde. These pillars of higher education have a long history of working closely with business and industry, developing the innovators and business leaders of the future.
Scotland is also ranked among the top countries for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). In fact, Scotland remains the UK’s most attractive inward investment location outside London, attracting 122 FDI projects last year according to global consultants EY.
From Barclays to Blackrock, ATOS to JP Morgan, Mitsubishi to Morgan Stanley, over 3900 inward investors have chosen to make their home in Scotland. The reason? They require something Scotland is uniquely placed to deliver – connections to skills, networks and international markets.