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Locate your creative, digital, or technology business in Angus, Scotland

It provides access to a talented workforce, a supportive business environment, a good quality of life, and numerous opportunities for growth and collaboration. Here's why.........

Progressive City Deal partners delivering key regional priorities 
Angus Council is one of the key partners in the Tay Cities Deal along with the Councils of Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross. This is one of many city deals throughout the UK and Scotland through which the UK and Scottish Governments are funding strategic, economic development projects  The deal has the potential to secure over 6,000 jobs and lever in over £400m over the next 10-15 years to boost productivity.

Access to talent
Angus is home to a skilled workforce with expertise in various creative, digital, and technology fields. The region hosts several esteemed universities and colleges, providing a consistent pipeline of educated professionals.

Supportive business ecosystem
Angus boasts a thriving business community with supportive organizations that can provide resources, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help your business grow.

Cost-effective location
Compared to larger cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, Angus offers a more affordable cost of living and lower business overheads. This can help you optimise your budget and allocate resources more effectively. Operating costs are highly competitive with a wide variety of business facilities and industrial space available from £3 per sqft. Comparable space in Aberdeen starts at £7-11 per sqft.
Angus has business parks ready for development. Angus Council is supporting the Crown Estate in it’s exciting 123 acre development in Montrose.  It’s far enough away from major cities   to enjoy lower land and property costs and is currently attracting energy and offshore services businesses. Plans are also in place to extend Brechin Business Park, creating an estimated 20 hectares of new employment land focused on new types of energy and transport.

Quality of life
Angus offers an excellent quality of life, with picturesque countryside, beautiful coastlines, and a rich cultural heritage. This can attract and retain talented employees who value a balanced work-life environment.

Infrastructure and connectivity
Angus is well-connected, with access to major transportation links including airports, ports, and rail networks. Modern road networks connect Angus to Aberdeen and the north, and Dundee and the south and west. The East Coast main railway passes through Angus with multiple stops. Nearby airports are in Dundee and Aberdeen and journey times to Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are around 90 minutes. The thriving port of Montrose offers a cost-effective alternative for vessels using Scotland’s East Coast. These networks facilitate easy travel for clients, partners, and employees. Advanced telecommunications infrastructure means that almost 90% of premises can access superfast broadband.

Support for innovation and research
Scotland as a whole places a strong emphasis on innovation and research. There are opportunities to collaborate with universities, research institutions, and local businesses to drive innovation and advancement in your industry.

Growth potential
Angus is experiencing significant investment and development in its creative, digital, and technology sectors. This creates opportunities for collaborations, partnerships, and business growth within the region.

Proximity to markets
Scotland has a thriving digital and technology sector, and being located in Angus provides easy access to major cities such as Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and beyond.

Supportive government incentives
The UK and Scottish Governments offers a range of incentives and grants to encourage businesses to invest in the region. These incentives can include financial assistance, tax breaks, and access to funding schemes.

 

 

The first Kingdom of Scotland
Aberlemno Pictish Stone Angus

Angus has been occupied since at least the Neolithic period about 600 years ago. Bronze Age (about 5,000 years ago) archaeology is everywhere. Some finds includes burial sites near West Newbigging complete with pottery and jewllery like gold armlets.Also to be found is Iron Age (3,000 years ago) archaeology like souterrains near Warddykes cemetery, West Grange of Conan, Carlungie and Ardestie. The Roman era started about 2,000 years ago following their invasion of the British islands. During this time, much of Angus was controlled of Picts tribes and there were certainly skirmished between the two sides. 

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Aberlemno Pictish Stone Angus

The Romans attempted to subdue the Picts by attacking through Turret Canyon near Cargill, northeast of Dundee. A vicious battle saw the Romans pour molten metal on the Picts at the bottom of the canyon. The Picts endured and held territory including Angus up to the 10th Century (the years 900 to 1000). In 849, leader Kenneth MacAlpin died following a failed invasion of Angus leaving the way open for his brother Constantine to succeed to the territory that ultimately became the Kingdom of Scotland. Angus evolved to become a shipping and trading centre on the east coast and Kind William I granted its Royal Charter in 1178.

A quick filming tour of Angus
Angus, Scotland by Ian Cowe

Angus lies on the east coast of Scotland and is a wonderful mixture of mountainous and coastal landscapes and historic towns. To the north are the Grampian Mountains, the Mounth Hills and the five gorgeous Glens of Clova, Prosen, Isla, Doll and Lethnot. (A Glen is a valley with hills and mountains around.) The Angus Glens include ten ‘Munros’ (mountains over 3,000 feet) and narrow twisting roads. Glas Maol is the highest point at 1068 m (3,504 ft) and straddles Angus and Perthshire to the west. To the south and east Angus becomes  rolling hills including the Sidlaws and villages and towns including Forfar, Glamis with its Royal connections, breathtaking, red sandstone cliffs that line the North Sea coast and the ports of Arbroath and Montrose. The unique Montrose basin is a tidal estuary and famed for the varied wildlife that live or visit there. It’s impossible to miss the amazing Scurdie Ness lighthouse and Barry Buddon, in addition to being a military training base, features some of the highest parabolic sand dunes in Europe. It’s a place of water with rivers like the South Esk and well over twenty lochs. And we have to mention golf with so many courses including Montrose, one of the oldest links courses in the world, and the fiendishly famed Carnoustie, known for trying the patience and skills of even the most expert golfers.

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