International Companies in Scotland

Leading global companies have been attracted to invest in Scotland because of the country’s reputation as a premier location for business, research and development.

Many leading international companies have expanded their operations into Scotland, including Amazon, which employs 3,000 people over four sites in Scotland, Hewlett Packard, which employs 1,400 people and has been based here for over 25 years, Lifescan - which employs 1,200 people and its Inverness HQ is the base for all diabetes R和D into blood glucose monitoring carried out worldwide by the company. Other well-known global companies operating in Scotland include Samsung, Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline, BNP Paribas, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Pfizer and Gamesa.

A number of Chinese companies have also chosen to expand into Scotland, including the Bank of China, Lenovo, Cochrane International, and the Ningxia Zhongyin Cashmere Company.

Case Study: Animal Health Science UK Ltd

A life sciences company that specializes in developing livestock vaccines for the Chinese market launched a new facility in Scotland in 2015.

Based at the Moredun Research Institute in Penicuik, with an office in Beijing, the company has ambitious development plans to have a turnover of £1.2 million by the end of its first year in business.

Why Scotland?

The company highlighted Scotland’s unrivalled expertise in animal health R&D, collaborative opportunities and relationships with academia as determining factors in its decision to locate in Scotland. 

Dr Claude Kaplan, managing director, Animal Health Science UK Ltd, said: “In deciding where we wanted to base our company, we looked at locations which offered world-class animal health R&D capabilities, a proven track in developing vaccines and a reputation for collaboration with industry. Here at Moredun, and in the surrounding Easter Bush area, we found the largest cluster of animal health R&D expertise in Europe with the full capabilities we require to enable us to effectively and efficiently bring new vaccines and vaccine technologies to China."

Case Study: Sykes

Sykes is a leading global business services company with over 45,000 employees in over 20 countries worldwide. The company’s Scotland operations include centres in Edinburgh and Galashiels. 

Sykes opened their Edinburgh centre in 1995 and today the facility has over 500 seat capacity. Working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the centre provides support in 18 languages to global customers. The Edinburgh centre offers expertise in customer contact support, technical support, e-commerce and client finance.

Why Scotland?

Having enjoyed a long relationship with Scotland, Sykes continue to see their centres as playing a key role in their global operations. The award-winning support provided by their Edinburgh staff includes a shared resource model, giving clients even better value for money. 

In Scotland, Sykes have found a highly skilled and readily available workforce, language capabilities that support global operators, a strong work ethic and low absence rates, an advanced IT and telecoms infrastructure and competitive costs. 

Case Study: Dell

Dell’s UK business centre opened in Glasgow in 2005 and they now employ over 800 people in Scotland. 

Dell’s City Park office in Glasgow operates as s UK business centre. Sales and technical staff support corporate customers across the UK, ranging from small to medium sized enterprises, large businesses and the public sector.

On top of winning a multi-million contract with Glasgow City Council to supply a full ICT service to the city’s primary and nursery schools, Dell has secured a number of high profile wins within the Scottish private sector. 

Why Scotland?

Dell considered city locations in both England and Wales alongside Glasgow, but the combination of a high-quality workforce, excellent transport and communications infrastructure and assistance from the Scottish Government made Scotland a clear winner. 

Scotland’s central belt gives companies like Dell access to 250,000 high calibre graduates every year from IT and technically related courses. The centre employs people in all functions from HR and Finance through to Sales and Marketing as well as IT.