Investing in Scotland

Scotland is a land that combines rich history and culture with world leading industries - famous for our excellence in education and strengths in invention and research. 

We already have a strong record in inward investment, thanks to our excellent business support, physical infrastructure and academic achievement. Our approach to supporting the growth of industry clusters, for example, has seen concentrations of companies develop in leading industries such as oil and gas in Aberdeen, life sciences in Edinburgh and Dundee and financial services in Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

This is supported by our well-developed transport links, with five major international airports serving more than 150 destinations. All this is underpinned by a highly skilled workforce, with the highest educational attainment of any part of the UK. In fact, more than 50% of the working population has further education attainment.

Set against this background, it is no surprise that we consistently attract significant foreign direct investment. Scotland recently recorded a third successive year as the UK’s most successful inward investment location outside of London in the well respected annual EY Attractiveness Survey. 

As important as the work we do to bring new investment into Scotland is our support for overseas companies once they are here. Every year for the last five years the number of expansion projects by existing investors has increased (more than 200 in total) - demonstrating that, once here, our investors are enjoying ongoing growth.

At Scottish Development International (SDI), we remain focused on building on this momentum. We are continuing to work with national governments, local authorities and universities to make the connections which will help generate more new investment and jobs, and really deliver for Scotland. 

Find out more about Scotland Development International’s role