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The headwinds facing UK foreign direct investment make it vital that Scotland capitalises on its record for attracting new business, suggests the EY Scotland Attractiveness Survey.

Key points include:
  • The total number of FDI projects in Scotland was 94, down by 19 percent from the year before.
  • 15 percent of companies in the 2019 survey of international investors say they have put UK investment plans on hold as a result of the vote to leave the EU.
  • When asked which region of the UK global investors see as the most attractive to establish operations, Scotland’s attractiveness more than doubled.
  • Sizeable projects were recorded in the Highlands and Islands region and in the South of Scotland, which are predicted to see the combined creation of 450 jobs.
  • Digital and business services both generated the highest numbers of inward investment projects for the UK as a whole, accounting for 34% of investment into Scotland.

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