City Overview

Aberdeen is an internationally recognised business centre with globally competitive industries.

It has particular strengths in energy, food and drink, tourism and life sciences. The region is home to two leading research universities and internationally significant research centres such as the National Subsea Research Institute, the Rowett, the Marine Lab and the James Hutton Institute.

Aberdeen is one of the world’s top five energy cities and has been ranked as one of the UK's most competitive and innovative cities. In 2014 Aberdeen was ranked 2nd among the UK’s 63 largest cities in terms of the number of patents per 1,000 population. A quarter of Scotland's top 100 companies are based in Aberdeen and GVA sits at £18,336m, 15% of the Scottish total.

Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are working with private and public sector partners to develop the region’s economic strategy to remain an economic powerhouse of the Scotland and UK economies with major investment in transport connectivity, digital technologies and a range of large infrastructure projects.

The city is also focused on transforming city centre living, regeneration and ensuring we remain a great place to live, visit and work - creating a new ‘feel’ to the region.


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