Scotland House in London has recently been opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The latest Innovation and Investment Hub was officially opened in London after Worksmart’s Team created the state of the art facility in London’s Victoria Embankment through 16 weeks of Interior Fit-Out.
Scotland House will provide touchdown facilities and a place to meet customers and target new markets, secure investment and showcase products and services. The Hub is aimed at helping Scottish companies take advantage of business opportunities in London and on the international stage.
It also brings together officials from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Visit Scotland under one roof to provide a Team Scotland approach to supporting businesses and attracting visitors and investment to Scotland.
Officially opening Scotland House, the Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland said: “London is a very important trading market and a meeting place for the world’s business leaders, but for Scottish businesses it can be challenging and costly to try and break into these markets.” The new hub will play a critical role in attracting investment to Scotland, helping businesses trade internationally and raising Scotland’s international profile. We are already seeing the benefits of our presence in Dublin and I look forward to our next investment and innovation hubs in Brussels and Berlin.”
Worksmart were delighted to attend the event and even more delighted to hear the First Minister speech thanking Worksmart’s Team for the fabulous delivery of the facility with some great Scottish materials used in the Specification. The First Minister also thanked CDA Architects for their role along with all of the other Client Design Team involved in the successful and dedicated delivery of the Project.
Worksmart had the pleasure of working with an excellent team on Scotland House. Working with MITIE, CDA, TUV SUD and Graham & Sibbald, all of whom were focused to ensure the projects smooth delivery and that this was a very high quality fit-out over the 6000 sq ft.
Worksmart`s business continues to grow and develop and prove to the markets project after project in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales that we deliver every time for our Clients and the Clients Design Teams. Communication, consistency and determination are paramount to the continued delivery of our Interior Contracting Refurbishments and Fit-Out Projects.
With Scotland House being located in the heart of London – on the banks of the River Thames – this is a very exciting prospect for businesses in Scotland. Scotland House presents an opportunity for all Scottish companies who looking to become more prominent in London. After all, a 2013 government report calculated that 22% of the UK’s entire GDP comes from London. If Scottish businesses are able to tap into this huge market, it will help to strengthen not just the Scottish businesses who have expanded down to London, but also help improve London-based businesses and the UK as a whole.
Expansion into London can also be a great way for an organisation to increase their customer base. London is the biggest city in the UK worth over 8 million people living there – almost 3 million more than the entirety of Scotland. Therefore, a huge number of people can be reached if a business markets themselves right, and it will obviously be far cheaper to market to a city as opposed to an entire country.
With London having such a dense population, it can also be far easier for a business to recruit high quality candidates. With London, as is Scotland, being home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world, there is a chance to empower and employ the future workforce by offering graduates the chance to work with your business, and therefore ensure the next generation of workers are the best quality they can be.
So how can Scotland House help? With their excellent facilities, Scotland House is the ideal place to meet new clients and hold meetings. The stunning office space can also be a great place to network, therefore increasing the number of Scottish businesses who will build strong connections with London business, and potentially gain valuable investment.
The advantages of a Scottish business expanding down to London are significant. The large number of both potential clients and investors in London, as well as London’s reputation as a global powerhouse in the world of business, will mean that your business will grow exponentially as a member of Scotland House. If you would like to join Scotland House, you can visit Scotland House’s website and register your interest.