Growth Sectors

Technology and engineering

People employed

161,000

GVA

£4.7 billion

Case study:

Xilinx

Scotland has been at the forefront of global innovation since the industrial revolution. Today we're more likely to be engineering software than steam engines and we're developing the sort of high tech solutions your company could be looking for. With a highly skilled workforce and growing numbers of graduates in relevant disciplines, Scotland offers expertise across wireless communication, big data, Internet of Things, digital health, software, sensor and digital technologies.

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Global business services

People employed

131,400

GVA

£15 billion
(with financial services)

Case study

Rooney Nimmo

With over 500 global business services companies and contact centres, Scotland is home to some of Europe's largest companies. In fact, in 2016, global business services projects were the largest source of foreign direct investment in Scotland. If your company would benefit from a skilled workforce, supplemented by over 95,000 graduates each year, offering expertise in a range of front and back office functions, Scotland could be the answer.

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Financial services

Workforce

86,200

GVA

£15 billion
(with global business services)

Case study

HSBC

Scotland has a centuries long heritage in financial services and remains one of Europe's most important financial centres. Today our talented workforce is showing it's adaptability as domestic companies and inward investors from around the world explore new opportunities in areas like fintech and cyber security, alongside more traditional financial services operations.

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Life sciences and biotech

Workforce

30,000

GVA

£1.3 billion

Case study

Dexcom

Scotland can offer your life sciences company a collaborative environment, a commitment to research and a thriving industry cluster. Scotland is home to over 500 life sciences companies with opportunities to work in partnership with one of our 19 universities and the NHS, Scotland's healthcare provider. Scotland's expertise covers a range of activities, including medtech, pharma services, regenerative medicine, animal health, aquaculture and industrial biotech.

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Oil and gas

Workforce

168,750

GVA

£6.6 billion

Case study

iRes-Geo

Innovative and experienced, Scotland's oil and gas expertise has been forged by over 50 years experience in the harsh environment of the North Sea. Today that expertise is in demand around the world, as Scotland leads the way in maximising recovery, decommissioning and digital offshore. Global oil and gas companies continue to invest in Scotland, realising the benefits of a supportive business environment and a mature supply chain of around 2000 companies.

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Renewables

Workforce:

21,500

Case study:

Hywind Scotland

Natural resources, an experienced energy sector and a supportive business environment make Scotland a leading destination for renewable energy companies like yours. The world's first floating offshore wind farm, operated by Statoil and Masdar, has recently started producing electricity off the coast of Aberdeenshire. And, with our universities committed to collaborating on new technologies, Scotland is at the forefront of development in heat technology, onshore and offshore wind and marine energy.

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Aerospace and space

Workforce:

16,000

GVA:

£4.6 billion

Case study:

Chevron

Where once the world looked to Scotland for trains and ships, now we're famous for our satellite technology. Space and aerospace companies investing in Scotland find a strong industry cluster supported by a supply chain with extensive experience in advanced engineering. With plans in place to develop a £4 billion Scottish space industry by 2030 and companies like Spire and Chevron already here, your company could find Scotland the perfect place to expand and grow.

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Chemical sciences

Workforce:

10,000

GVA:

£0.89 billion

Case study:

GSK

With annual exports of £4.5 billion, Scotland’s chemical sciences sector has already attracted global companies like FujiFilm, DSM, GlaxoSmithKline, DuPont Tejin Films Dow and Sygenta. So, by investing here you’ll be in good company. We’re also consistently ranked in the world’s top three locations for chemical sciences research and development in terms of productivity and influence, with around 1000 graduates a year supplementing our talented and experienced workforce.

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Creative Industries

Workforce:

73,600

GVA:

£3.7 billion

Case study:

Skymoons

A recent survey showed that 91% of Scotland's population takes part in at least one cultural activity each year. That's just one reason why our creative industries are thriving. From digital media to film and television to games, Scottish talent is flourishing domestically and in demand in international markets. It's little wonder that TV epics like Outlander and bestselling games like Grand Theft Auto call Scotland home.

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Tourism

Workforce:

217,000

GVA:

£3.7 billion

With breathtaking scenery and history in every valley and glen, Scotland has long attracted tourists from around the world. Today the industry supports around 14,000 companies, boosted by our growing reputation as a leading location for global events. Our cities are year-round destinations, helping drive demand for accommodation and making Scotland a particularly attractive choice for international hotel operators looking to secure valuable returns on their investment.

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Textiles

Workforce:

8,200

GVA:

£0.35 billion

Chanel, Gucci, Hermes. Globally recognised fashion brands that in turn recognise Scotland as the home of textiles. The modern textile industry in Scotland benefits from a unique mix, our rich heritage blending with the creativity of our people and our commitment to innovation to produce fashion and interiors goods that are in global demand. Scotland’s textile industry remains a byword for quality in lambswool, cashmere and tweed, with companies investing here benefiting from an established network of designers and manufacturers.

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