Scotland is the most attractive region in the UK for inward investment after London. The economy is strong in research & development, manufacturing and financial services, underpinned by innovation and high levels of employee retention.
952 million GBP
overseas investment in Scotland in 2017
Over 20 billion GBP
invested in Scotland’s transport infrastructure and services
people employed in construction sector
universities ranked in the world’s top 1%
of young people participated in higher education
life sciences organisations employ more than 30,000 people
unemployment rate in October 2017
Strategic markets: property, tourism and leisure
Demand keeps growing for grade A offices in Scotland’s main cities. Glasgow city centre experienced a record year for the office investment market in 2017 with over 460 million GBP transacted.
The private rented sector has doubled in size over the last 15 years in Scotland. Strong demand, constrained supply and limited pipeline are expected to stimulate rental value growth of between 2% and 4% per annum.
Tourism and leisure
Edinburgh has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in Europe and is the second most visited tourist destination in the UK after London. Glasgow’s SSE Hydro entertainment venue is the third busiest in the world for its size. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow is the third best performing arts institute in the world.
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