About us

The Scottish Cities Alliance is the unique collaboration of Scotland’s eight cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – and the Scottish Government, working together to promote the country’s great economic potential.

The Alliance was established in 2011 to progress the Agenda for Cities. Our aim is to achieve an economically stronger future for Scotland through the joint efforts of Scotland’s eight cities and our long-term investment promotion strategy, in a bid to attract capital investment to Scotland’s cities.

Scotland’s cities are thriving and continue to create world-class offerings for potential investors. This is supported by the new EY 2022 Scotland Attractiveness Survey which revealed that Scotland achieved record-breaking levels of inward investment in 2021.

By working together, the Alliance partners are able to share knowledge and create projects of scale which offer great investment prospects across the business spectrum. To date, we have not only played a key role in the development of the Scottish Government’s refreshed Agenda for Cities and International Trade and Investment Strategy but also supported key developments with Perth and Dundee to successfully secure £70 million of investment.

Our Investment Prospectus showcases £10 billion of exciting investor-ready opportunities across the seven cities and our City Key Facts document promotes the strengths of each city and wider activity the Alliance partners are progressing collaboratively.

Scotland’s cities have made considerable progress in adopting open data and smart technologies which will drive innovation, create new business and increased employment opportunities as well as help them deliver city services in a more effective and sustainable way to attract investor and residents. The Alliance secured £10 million of European funding for our flagship Smart Cities Scotland project – Scotland’s 8th City – The Smart City, which once match-funded has created a £24 million programme to take forward co-designed technology and data opportunities to help achieve the cities’ ambitions to be global hi-tech hubs.

The Alliance also aims to drive forward the agenda for a low carbon future to help lessen the impact of climate change and ensure the future economic prosperity of Scotland. The £10 million hydrogen fuel cell project is at the forefront of this work which will allow Scotland to position itself as one of Europe’s leading adopters of hydrogen technology.

The investment opportunities in Scotland are huge and the Alliance and its partners are committed to working with potential investors to optimise growth for the benefit of the whole of Scotland.

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