• #WhyEdinburgh

    Edinburgh is a wonderful place to live and work, beautiful architecture, a vibrant history, a track record of ingenuity, outstanding universities, and incredible festivals are just some of the amazing reasons we're headquartered in Edinburgh"


    John Peebles, CEO of Administrate


    Aridhia loves the proximity to talent that Edinburgh offers from the University of Edinburgh, informatics and other leading universities. Edinburgh is a beautiful city that offers a fantastic environment to live and work with great amenities and culture"


    Lisa Thomson, Head of HR at Aridhia



    Edinburgh is a beautiful, vibrant city full of amazing people with exceptional business ideas. It's the perfect place for a fledgling startup to not only establish itself but also realise it's true potential"


    Olly Heady, Co-Founder and CTO at FreeAgent


    "For a software house, Edinburgh is a great place to be as it attracts many of the brightest technical people in Scotland. Workpro was brought here by Edinburgh's heritage as a hub of technological innovation, its status as cultural centre, and it's proximity to all of the other great things thatScotland has to offer"

    Chris Ellis, CTO at Workpro


    Edinburgh is a high profile global capital city which has always driven innovation. It has excellent research and education facilities and therefore a perfect location for Unit4 to invest our resources in"


    James Bouch, Head of Public Sector of Unit 4


    "We love Edinburgh because its a wonderful place to live with many intelligent and resourceful people"


    Sean Reilly, Director of The Infinite Kind


    "Edinburgh has an incredible startup scene and a brilliant talent pool due to the universities nearby. We're like Silicon Valley but with much crappier weather"


    Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy, Director of BrandFox




    "Edinburgh is full of people who want to learn new things, keep active and join in"


    Rachel McElhinney, Director of Clazzoo


    "Lovely city with strong financial service and government links, good universities and lifestyle"


    Chris Rourke, Founder and CEO of User Vision


    "Edinburgh is the hub of entrepreneurship, plain and simple. We have the support, talent and aspiration to become a global leader in innovation. I wouldn't be anywhere else in the world"


    Scott Dalgleish, Managing Director of RoundDoor

  • Why Edinburgh?


    Edinburgh is the vibrant capital of Scotland, based in central belt. Well connected to the rest of the UK, with excellent air, rail and road links, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to be based. Internationally renowned for its festivals, culture, stunning architecture it's also a growing global hub for the technology industry, something recognised by international giants such as Microsoft, Amazon and IBM. Benefiting from a new breed of tech innovators and entrepreneurs, Edinburgh has become the place to build a successful technology career in Scotland.


    Edinburgh is home to pioneering, globally recognised tech companies such as Skyscanner, FreeAgent, FanDuel, Craneware, Rockstar North and Amazon. It is also an incubator for future talent, housing, amongst others, Techcube, the first incubator launched by private capital, and Codebase, which is the largest technology incubator in the UK. All of these ventures benefit hugely from Scotland’s concentrated investment in technology and skills from organisations such as ScotlandIS, Entrepreneurial Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, as well as international venture capital funds. Edinburgh is also home to ground breaking tech research at places such as the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, which has produced more world-leading research than any other university in the UK.


    Getting around the city is easy, there's a great bus and tram network, and you can drive almost anywhere in the city in under 20 minutes. Many people walk or cycle to work every day.


    Stunning outdoor spaces such as the Meadows and Portobello Beach make it a great place to relax and unwind. Combined with other benefits such as exceptional schools, diverse entertainment, fantastic shopping, affordable accommodation and a dynamic atmosphere this makes Edinburgh a great place to live and work.


    It's no wonder that, Edinburgh has over the years been named the best city in Britain to live in, the happiest city in the UK, the best European City for Technology firms to Locate and most recently Entrepreneurial City of the year.


  • A great place for tech

    Edinburgh has a tech community that is immensely proud of what has been achieved in the city.


    Hear what our community have to say!

    Edinburgh: Great place for Tech

    Produced by Invest Edinburgh

    Edinburgh's tech sector is growing rapidly and is home to many of the UK's leading companies. Hear why people from Amazon, Kotikan, FanDuel, Skyscanner, FreeAgent and Craneware love living and working in Edinburgh.

    Edinburgh, An Inspiring Captital

    Produced by Invest Edinburgh

    Hear the reasons why people love living in Edinburgh.

    Edinburgh: A Leading European Financial Centre

    Produced by Invest Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is one of the world's top fund management hubs and a major European centre for asset servicing. More than half of the world’s top 20 financial organisations have substantial operations in Scotland, with a critical mass of activity in and around Edinburgh. It is the UK’s second largest financial centre with a growing reputation in the fintech economy.

    Living in Edinburgh, working in Tech

    Produced by Invest Edinburgh

    Edinburgh is a popular city for technology companies and its high quality of life is a major attraction. Hear some of the reasons why people working in tech like living in Edinburgh.

  • 5 reasons to consider Edinburgh

  • Statistics

    Great transport links

    with £1B spent on trams, Edinburgh Airport

    flying to 130 destinations and average up to 53 per day in each direction to London.


    for some of the best schooling in the UK


    in fields of medicine, finance, research and engineering


    of the working population are graduates

    Some of the lowest

    rents in Britain

    Foremost place to live in the UK

    for quality of living


    best university worldwide

    Excellent reputation

    in fields of technology, architecture and the arts


    rates of growth in high tech, research and development sectors

  • Our award-winning city

    Listed are some of the prestigious awards our city has been presented with in recent years.

    Entrepreneurial City of the Year - Great British Entrepreneur Awards (2016)


    6th Most Reputable City in the World - City RepTrak, Reputation Institute (2016)


    'Best Mid-sized City’, Business Friendliness - Financial Times fDi Magazine (2016/17)


    Invest Edinburgh - Best in FDI (Europe) - Global Business Awards, The European magazine (2016/17)


    Best European City for Technology Firms to Locate - European Business Magazine (2016/17)


    One of the most sustainable cities on Earth (13th) - Sustainable Cities Index, Arcadis (2016)


    Top UK city to invest in student accommodation - Real Estate Agent, Chestertons (2016)


    Most attractive British location for commercial property investment outside London – Morton Fraser (2016)


    Highest in UK – 55% of the Edinburgh workforce has a degree level qualification or equivalent (2016)


    'Best British City' Telegraph Travel Awards (2016)


    UK’s top tourist spot - Pegasus Marine Finance (2016)


    11th Friendliest city in the World – Conde Nast Traveller (2016)


    UK’s largest ‘Gigabit City’ - Edinburgh is the UK’s largest Gigabit City (2016)


    Culture capital of the UK - Daily Record’s analysis of 10 of the UK’s major cities (2016)


    2nd Highest density of millionaires in UK, 16th in Europe - WealthInsight and Spears magazine (2016)


    Easiest city in the UK to travel within - ESP Group's easy travel index (2016)


    1st in UK for Green Flag Parks - Edinburgh has more green flag parks than any other major UK city (2016)


    'Best place to live in the UK' – Quality of Life Index, USwitch (2015)


    Britain’s Brainiest City, BBC (2015)


    1st in Scotland – Recycling Waste (April 2013 to March 2015)


    2nd in Top 10 Travellers’ Choice destinations in the UK – The STYLIST (2015)


    One of world’s top ten cities to visit - Wanderlust Reader’s Travel Awards, (2015)


    4th most beautiful city in the world - Rough Guide readers (2015)


    3rd safest city in the world - Post Office Travel Insurance (2015)


    Best UK destination outside London - TripAdvisor reviewers (2015)


    Best UK city - Over 50’s Standard of Living Index, ThisIsMoney.co.uk (2015)


    UK’s second favourite city – Conde Nast Traveller magazine (2015)


    Best city in western and central Europe – PWC report on on-line travel reviews including TripAdvisor (2015)


    FDI city of the Year - The European magazine (2015)


    'Best Mid-sized City of the Future' - Financial Times fDi Magazine (2014/15)


    'Best Mid-sized European City: Foreign Direct Investment Strategy' - Financial Times fDi Magazine (2014/15)


    'Best British City' - Telegraph Travel Awards (2014)


    'Airport of the Year' - Scottish Transport Awards (2014)


    One of the ‘Top Ten Cities to Visit’ - Wanderlust Travel Awards (2014)


    'UK's safest destination' - YouGov (2014)


    ‘Best Place to Live in the UK’ - YouGov (2013)


  • #WhyEdinburgh

    “We've got the biggest, tightest-knit tech scene in the country - it's Edinburgh”


    “Scotland provides excellent support for new business. There is a really dynamic scene here”

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