Food and drink exports from Scotland grew by £421 million in 2016, to a record £5.5 billion. Where does Edinburgh fit in? As well as having four Michelin-starred restaurants and an array of award-winning eateries and drinks producers, it also has world-class expertise in food innovation.
Edinburgh is at the centre of Europe’s life sciences community, with research facilities widely regarded as among the best in the world. It’s home to organisations like the Roslin Institute, Edinburgh BioQuarter and Pentlands Science Park, and leads the way in research and innovation in the fields of human and animal health, agritech and related technologies. That makes the city a unique environment, where international colleagues across the sector can come together to further their knowledge and see for themselves the latest advances in the field.
Scotland is one of the best places in the world to talk about renewable energy. Its infrastructure is already generating the equivalent of more than half the country’s electricity consumption, and the Scottish Government has set a 100% target for 2020.
Edinburgh is the natural choice for financial services events. Second only to London as the UK's largest financial centre, it’s also a major European centre for asset management and servicing.
Edinburgh’s association with the arts has been celebrated for centuries. The city features architecture from Robert Adam, William Playfair, Norman Foster and Enric Miralles. It’s home to the Royal Scottish Academy, the National Gallery of Art, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Walter Scott’s Monument is a constant reminder of the importance of literary ties. And the Edinburgh Festival is the largest arts festival in the world.
Edinburgh offers unique learning venues and opportunities which inspire generations of students and professionals of their field; such as The Royal College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Physicians and The Signet Library, among many others. By studying in Edinburgh, the opportunities are endless!
Edinburgh is a leading hub in the global technology sector. With more than 25,000 people working in tech roles, it’s home to major firms, start ups and unicorns, including Skyscanner, Amazon, FanDuel and Rockstar North to name just a few. It’s a prolific source of new talent, too, with the internationally-renowned School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and Codebase, the UK’s largest technology incubator.