Why do business in Scotland?

Scotland is already known worldwide as the home of golf, whisky, glens and bagpipes. But it’s also a global hub for innovation and investment, collaboration and creativity.

Scotland is part of the UK, which remains the world’s fifth largest economy. It’s also ranked the seventh best place to do business globally, and the prime location in Europe for foreign direct investment (FDI). Within the UK, Scotland is second only to London in attracting FDI projects, according to the EY Scotland Attractiveness Survey 2017 – with China’s investments in 2016 the fifth largest of any country. 

Setting up a business or moving operations here is cost effective. Corporation tax is lower in the UK than in any other G20 country, and Scotland offers competitive staffing costs and a low cost of living. Sterling’s fall against the Chinese yuan gives your business even greater purchasing power. 

More than 2,300 foreign firms already have a base here. Isn’t it time you joined them?


We can help your business to build trade links with Scotland, whatever your industry sector. Impartial advice from our trade advisers can help you to understand business practices in Scotland and make the most of the opportunities and support available here.

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