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Sectors For Investing in Scotland

Aerospace, defence and marine

Scotland’s enduring strength in advanced engineering, as well as our experienced skills base and a competitive cost structure has built an industry worth almost £6 billion. From maintaining new generations of aircraft to pioneering new ways of forming advanced metal materials, to developing the latest space and aeronautical defence technologies – it’s no wonder Scotland has already attracted big global names, like SELEX-ES, Thales, BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce.



Scotland’s BPO industry employs 90,000 people and is home to companies like CapGemini, IBM, Webhelp TSC, Ceridian, NewGalexy and Sykes. Joining them in Scotland will give you access to high quality skills, a stable workforce, low costs, an established support network and easy access to key markets.

Chemical sciences

Scotland is host to some of the biggest chemicals companies in the world. Companies like GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta, and Fujifilm have chosen Scotland for its excellent workforce, its track record for world-class R&D, and its robust infrastructure. Add to this a working partnership between government, industry and academia, and you have a very strong proposition indeed.


Creative industries

Film-friendly and versatile, Scotland’s mix of mountains and metropolis make it an ideal, low-cost production location. Add to that a suite of facilities including cutting edge 3D animation and digital studios, as well as the people to run them, and Scotland can answer your production needs from first draft to big screen.


Life sciences and biotech

Scotland has a thriving life sciences and biotech cluster recognised as one of the most accessible, well connected and collaborative in Europe. From clinical research to commercialisation, discover why Scotland is your ideal gateway to European markets and beyond.


Oil and gas

Investing in Scotland means investing in 40 years of experience and innovation that have made our oil & gas industry famous around the world. Today we’re working to maximise the future of the industry by supporting recovery of North Sea reserves, encouraging Scottish firms to think globally and helping investors make the most of Scotland’s expertise.


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Scotland is home to more than 2000 companies in the energy sector, operating in over 100 markets. We also have 45 years’ experience in offshore and subsea technologies, enabling the sector’s diversification into renewable energy. An investment in Scotland’s renewable energy industry means access to a strong supply chain, government investment, a skilled workforce and competitive operational costs.


Technology and engineering

From world-class solutions for major corporations, to specialist products enabling SMEs to reach global markets – Scotland’s technology sector thrives on a bright workforce and excellent infrastructure. A cluster of big technology companies are already investing in Scotland, drawn by the exceptional workforce and a supportive business environment. See what they’re up to, then contact us to find out more.



Scotland has a textiles heritage that dates back hundreds of years. Our cashmere and tweeds are thought to be among the finest in the world, while we also pioneer in performance and medical textiles. No wonder companies from as far afield as the USA and Korea have invested here.


Source: http://www.sdi.co.uk/invest/why-scotland/

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