The capital of the Highlands and one of Europe’s fastest growing cities, Inverness is considered to be among the top five UK cities to live.

The city is popular for businesses for its modern infrastructure, and is a central player in the emerging Life Sciences and Technology sectors. Lifescan Scotland, one of the country’s largest Life Sciences employers, is based here. Inverness is also home to global companies such as Norbord Europe, Capgemini, Orion and the Global Energy Group. Key sectors for employment include energy, tourism, construction, financial and business services as well as the public sector.

Inverness Campus is a world-class environment for research and academia, offering innovative enterprises the chance to collaborate, incubate and accelerate. Already more than £135m has been invested in Inverness Campus which also hosts several NHS medical research facilities, as well as University of the Highlands and Islands academic research units. Other developments bringing new opportunities to the city include the Inverness Airport Business Park and the City Region Deal with the Scottish and UK Governments, which sets out ambitions to unlock £1 billion of investment in skills and infrastructure for the city and wider region.

The vibrant restaurant and bar scene in Inverness plays a key role in local employment. Tourism flourishes, as the city’s rich tapestry of culture and history along with its proximity to Loch Ness and Cairngorms National Park draws around a million visitors each year.

Inverness is served by excellent road, rail and air connections. Inverness Airport offers flights between several domestic and international hubs including Heathrow, Gatwick, and Amsterdam. In a passenger vote, the airport was voted best in Scotland in 2018.

Inverness is the fastest growing city in Scotland with a 15% growth in population since 2001


Michelle Hardie,
Economic Adviser

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