2014 Scotland attractiveness survey

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In 2013 Scotland attracted 82 global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects – an increase of 8% on the previous year’s figure and only six short of the record number of 88 recorded in 1997.

  • Scotland consolidated its position as the UK’s number one destination outside of London for FDI
  • Despite this, Scotland’s market share of all UK FDI projects fell slightly from 10.9% to 10.2% given the 15% rise in the number of projects secured by the UK as a whole
  • The number of jobs generated by FDI into Scotland fell for a second consecutive year from 4,876 to 4,165. This trend was replicated across the UK as a whole
  • The United States remains Scotland’s biggest source of FDI
  • Work must be done to attract new investments from emerging economies
  • Scotland witnessed a surge in software projects. The proportion of research and development (R&D) projects in Scotland was well ahead of the overall UK figure
  • The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup is expected to boost Scotland’s international profile this year and have the potential to create a halo effect