Attracting and supporting investors

We are working to attract new investors to Scotland and to support existing investors to develop, grow and continue investing in Scotland far into the future.

We are assisted in this by our enterprise agencies Scottish Enterprise (SE), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Development International (SDI).

Attracting new investment

Together with SDI we are making Scotland an attractive place to invest by:

  • simplifying the incentives available to investors and making them more visible
  • using specialist business development resources to grow Scotland's project pipeline, with a focus on creating jobs in software, big data and the creative sector
  • working with new investors as they develop their European market entry strategies
  • using our global networks to promote Scotland's strengths and capabilities

In addition, we are aiming to attract international capital to projects of scale by engaging with investors systematically and fast-tracking credible investment propositions.

Supporting existing investors

By engaging with investors directly, SE, HIE and SDI are able to identify investors' needs and ensure that they are met.

Their work includes matching investors with potential suppliers in Scotland, therefore strengthening supply chain links between foreign and indigenous businesses.

We support investors by ensuring there is a constant supply of skilled workers for their Scotland-based businesses. We are doing this by working with SDI, colleges and universities, and by pressing the UK Government for greater flexibility on visas where immigrants could help fill skills gaps.

We have established an Inward Investment Forum to listen to and engage with inward investors.