Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and its economy is the strongest of any city in the UK after London. The city of Edinburgh was voted the most competitive city for business in the United Kingdom in 2010 by the Centre for International Competitiveness as well as being one of the fastest growing areas in Europe. Over the last ten years Edinburgh’s unemployment rate has been consistently below the Scottish average.
Finance, retailing, health and education are the largest employers in Edinburgh and tourism also makes up a significant proportion of the economy. The city also has an impressive insurance, corporate finance, broking and professional service sector. Edinburgh is home to world class universities, with one of the most highly qualified workforces in the UK, resulting in highly educated and skilled employees. The city is also a world leader in science, education and the arts.
Edinburgh was awarded the Top Location for Economic Potential and the Best Small City award for 2011 at the Financial Times magazine awards ceremony. The city of Edinburgh offers excellent investment opportunities for businesses, companies looking to open new offices in Edinburgh will find it brimming with potential.
The city of Edinburgh is benefits from a sophisticated or transportation network linking it to the rest of the UK and Europe. Edinburgh Waverley its primary railway station, with direct links to London St Pancras. Edinburgh Airport is the busiest airport in Scotland, handling more than nine million passengers annually.
Business travellers can take advantage of Edinburgh Airport's airport parking, transfers and conference facilities.