Start Up Economy

According to a 2015 study by Quality Formations, where 69 cities across the UK were studied, Stirling was found to be the best city in Scotland to start a new business - taking eighth place in the UK overall - ahead of Manchester, London and Birmingham.

A low cost of living, good travel links and highly educated workforce earned it the top spot.

Situated directly in the heart of Scotland, Stirling has a strong and stable economy which provides a fantastic environment for business growth, delivering global connectivity at a highly competitive cost.

Key sectors of financial services, food and drink and tourism are amongst the best performing in Scotland whilst rapidly emerging digital technology sector plays an increasingly important role in Scotland’s future prosperity.

Driven by world class research and innovation, Stirling has a number of strengths in specific sub-sectors including; aquaculture, digital technology for sport, Big Data, dairy and digital health – particularly in dementia care. 
With the most highly skilled workforce in Scotland, a supportive business infrastructure that supports the most entrepreneurial area in Scotland and a leading business survival rate, Stirling offers businesses a location that can support business needs.

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Stirling Population
7th in the UK
for graduate employability
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