Invest in South of Scotland
The South of Scotland is one of our country’s most distinct and striking regions.
Providing opportunities for everyone, the South of Scotland is a place where quality of life combines with opportunity and investment to create a sustainable business environment with international connections. Whilst our region is long-established and distinct, it is undergoing change, transformed through a continued investment in places, infrastructure, and the environment.
Stretching coast to coast across the south, from Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders in the east to Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway in the west, the South of Scotland looks ahead to a bright future, with optimism, energy and focus. Brimming with great businesses, diverse communities and a vibrant culture, find out more about the opportunities available in our region.
Key Sectors for Investment
The Energy Transition sector focuses on activities that deliver pathways towards the transformation of the energy industry, from fossil-based to zero-carbon, propelled the reduced CO2 to limit climate change.
Digital Business Services
The Digital Business Services Sector features businesses applying digital technology to reinvent and transform products and customer experience, innovating to connect people with things, insights and experiences.
Digital Financial Services
The Digital Financial Services sector comprises a broad range of financial services accessed and delivered through digital channels, such as payments, credit, savings, remittances and insurance and also includes mobile financial services.
Food and Drink Innovation
The Food and Drink Innovation Sector combines technological innovation with social and cultural innovation, including production, harvesting, processing, manufacturing and distribution.
Health & Technology
The Health Technology sector spans the continuum of wellbeing, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and maintenance and is a important driver of employment in the context of the larger Life Sciences sector.
Software & IT
The Software and IT sector features companies that produce software, hardware or semiconductor equipment, and companies that provide internet or related services, including consultancy.
About South of Scotland
We pride ourselves on what we have to offer; our natural resources, skilled workforce, and an innovative approach in allowing global businesses to thrive in a beautiful location.
We have a clear vision for the future as a region of opportunity and innovation. Strategically positioned in the centre of the UK, the South of Scotland region spans the English border and Irish and North Sea coastlines.
For our workforce, the quality of life and variety of the natural environment are considered to be one of the South of Scotland’s greatest assets and offer scope for continued economic development.
With dynamic and evolving business support on offer, providing access to information, advice and funding for businesses who are looking to grow and innovate, you’ll meet a culture of ongoing growth and contribution by choosing to locate in the South of Scotland.
We are Scotland’s most distinct and striking region, alive to potential and charting a course towards an exciting and inclusive future, aiming to be green, fair and flourishing by 2031.
The South of Scotland is a big region, full of natural beauty and rich diversity.
With a long history as an important centre of production and trade, a connector of places and bridging point between nations, the region maintains its pivotal role today. We stand out and our strategic ambitions call for us to accentuate our distinctiveness, seen in our key traits:
- Our strategic location, spanning the English border and Irish and North Sea coastlines
- Our outstanding and beautiful natural landscapes, uplands, rivers and seascapes and abundance of open space and dark skies
- Our unique industrial heritage linked to farming, fishing, forestry, textiles, food and drink
- Our distinct cultures and places, shaped by centuries of history and landmark events
- Our vibrancy, showcased through a rich and diverse tapestry of people and businesses, thriving artists and creative minds
- Our distinctive and fiercely proud, resilient communities
- Our proximity to major urban catchments, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Newcastle, and Belfast
- Our passion for embracing the great outdoors, adventure, leisure and sport
For more information about the Invest in South of Scotland project, or to find out more about what’s available to businesses who are looking to invest in the south of Scotland, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.