City Overview

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

Aberdeen has particular strengths in energy, food and drink, tourism and life sciences sectors. The region is home to two leading universities and internationally significant research centres such as the National Subsea Research Institute, Oil and Gas Technology Centre, Decommissioning Centre of Excellence, The Rowett Institute, The Marine Lab and the James Hutton Institute along with world class renewables deployment including the world’s first floating wind farm, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, and a growing Hyrdogen transport economy with Europe’s largest fleet of Hydrogen buses. Foresterhill, Aberdeen’s Health Campus of over 123 acres also houses Europe’s single largest healthcare and clinical complex.

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 2016 Aberdeen was ranked 5th 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 £18bn, 13% of Scotland’s total.

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