Aberdeen is an internationally recognised business centre with globally competitive industries.

Aberdeen has particular strengths in energy, food and drink, tourism and life sciences sectors. The region is home to two leading universities and internationally significant research and innovation centres such as the National Subsea Research Institute, Oil and Gas Technology Centre, Decommissioning Centre of Excellence, The Rowett Institute, The Marine Lab and the James Hutton Institute along with world class renewables deployment including the world’s first floating wind farm, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, and a growing Hydrogen transport economy with Europe’s largest fleet of Hydrogen buses. Foresterhill, Aberdeen’s Health Campus of over 123 acres also houses Europe’s single largest healthcare and clinical complex, with the Bio-therapeutics Hub also due to be built on the site.

Aberdeen is one of the world’s top five energy cities and has been ranked as one of the UK’s most competitive and innovative cities. Aberdeen ranks fifth in the UK for number of patents filed per capita (Centre for Cities Outlook Report 2019). . A quarter of Scotland’s top 100 companies are based in Aberdeen and 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.

25% of Scotland's top 100 companies are based in Aberdeen

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Richard Sweetnam,
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