top reasons

Exciting investment and growth opportunities

• The University of Aberdeen named as Scottish University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019

• Aberdeen ranked 4th of all UK cities with high percentage of high qualifications (Centre for Cities 2019)

• Aberdeenshire is a global centre for subsea technologies and expertise. In fact, 75% of the world’s subsea engineering capability is based here

• Over 50% of the workforce in the area educated to degree level – fourth highest in the UK

• 25 of Scotland’s top 100 businesses located here 

• Ranks in the UK top 10 for Foreign Direct Investment

• The best place to live and work in Scotland (Demos-PwC 2019)

• The region is one of the most active economies in the UK. GVA per head in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is significantly higher than the Scottish average and productivity is the second highest in the UK, surpassed only by London

• Top 10 mid-sized & small cities - overall (fDI magazine, Global Cities of the Future 2019)

• Top 10 mid-sized & small cities best for cost effectiveness (fDI magazine, Global Cities of the Future 2019)

• Fifth in the UK for number of patents filed per capita (Centre for Cities Outlook Report 2019)

• Home to £180million Oil & Gas Technology Centre

• Home to the world’s first floating wind farm, Equnior & Masdar’s Hywind Pilot Park

• Home to Brewdog, leaders of craft beer revolution now valued at £1billion

• Breakthrough research in Alzheimer’s, Cystic Fibrosis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome is taking place here in Aberdeen

• More than £10 billion of public and private infrastructure investment is due to be delivered across the region before 2030

• A 25-year City Centre Masterplan currently being progressed, delivering 50 projects designed to enhance Aberdeen’s economy, environment and infrastructure

• Home to The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA), a £333million state-of-the-art events complex opened in 2019, with the largest fuel cell installation in the UK and on a par with the largest in Europe. TECA is the most sustainable venue in the UK.

• Flights from Aberdeen International Airport to 20 domestic destinations – more than from any other UK airport

• Aberdeen has the busiest civilian heliport in the world

• Top 10 mid-sized & small cities best for connectivity (fDI magazine, Global Cities of the Future 2019)

The Aberdeen City Region is primed for business and Invest Aberdeen is here to help.
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