Location of choice for world investors

Councillor Andrew Burns says Scotland’s Cities are making a significant impact in a very competitive envirnonment
Councillor Andrew Burns says Scotland’s Cities are making a significant impact in a very competitive envirnonment

Scotland has long punched above its weight in attracting inward investment and the country’s seven cities are driving this growth. The cities are thriving and continue to bring forward world class offerings from the sectors that appeal to international investors.

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The Scottish Cities Alliance is a unique collaboration of Scotland’s seven cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, Stirling – and the Scottish Government, which is working to attract investment, stimulate economic activity and create business growth. Scotland’s cities offer huge potential to international investors and the Alliance has great ambitions for Scotland’s city economies.

Its cities play key roles in the global development of growth sectors and international recognition in areas such as life sciences, financial services, Fin- Tech and food and drink is driving up business confidence which is stimulating further investment.

The Alliance’s online Investment Pitch Book showcases £7.5bn of investor- ready opportunities across the seven cities (scottishcities.org.uk/pitchbook). It represents a portfolio of investment opportunities which will be regularly updated with substantive projects across a variety of asset categories, project scales and stages of development reflecting the progressive nature of development opportunities available, such as Aberdeen’s £1bn capital programme, Dundee’s £1bn Waterfront project, Edinburgh’s Bio- Quarter, Glasgow’s Clyde Waterfront, Inverness Campus, Perth’s booming food and drink industry and Stirling’s rapidly emerging digital-tech sector.

Councillor Andrew Burns, Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance, said: “Together Scotland’s cities and their regions have a strong story to tell, and collaboratively we are making a significant impact in a very competitive investor environment which highlights the huge rewards of Scotland’s cities working together.

“Our commitment to working in partnership is cemented by this success and I am sure that, thanks to our ongoing collaboration, Scotland’s cities will continue to be seen as a global investor’s destination of choice.”