January and February 2018

New Arrivals is a listing of confirmed and announced business openings and expansions in the Edinburgh city region.

The information listed below is based upon recent planning applications, press releases and media reports. While every effort has been made to ensure a high degree of accuracy the authors can make no guarantees as to the accuracy of information quoted and interested parties should seek further independent clarification if further details are required.

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February 2018

Virgin Hotels (FDI) - Miami - Hotel

Edinburgh is to be the location of the first Virgin Hotel outside the US. India Buildings will be converted into a 225-room high-end hotel with multiple dining and drinking outlets.

Connection Retail (Domestic) - Shildon, County Durham - Retail

The flooring retailer is to open a new store in Edinburgh, selling products from the company’s three brands: Flooring Superstore; Direct Wood Flooring; and Grass Direct.

ARRAN Sense of Scotland (Domestic) - Brodick, Isle of Arran - Retail

The luxury bath, body and home fragrance retailer, ARRAN Sense Of Scotland has opened a new store in Waverley Mall.

Six by Nico (Domestic) - Glasgow - Food and Drink

‘Six by Nico’ in Edinburgh will be the third addition to the award winning restaurant portfolio.

Julius Baer International (FDI) - Zurich - Financial Services

Switzerland-based private banking group, Julius Baer, is set to open a new office in Edinburgh. The team of five advisors and wealth managers will serve the local market.

PureGym Ltd (Domestic) - Leeds - Leisure

Pure Gym is to open a new gym facility - their seventh in the city - as part of the refurbishment of the Scotsman Hotel.

Leeds Building Society (Domestic) - Leeds - Financial Services

The building society’s growth has led to a doubling of staff in recent years to around 1,400. It is looking at other locations and the next branch to open will be Edinburgh.

January 2018

Co-operative Group (Domestic) - Manchester - Retail

The Co-op plans to create 275 new jobs as it prepares to open 18 new stores in Scotland, including Edinburgh, in 2018.

Paragon Building Consultancy (Domestic) - London - Business Services

English building and project consultancy Paragon has opened its Scottish office in Edinburgh, which will be headed by former Knight Frank partner David Philip.

SES Engineering Services (Domestic) - Leatherhead, Surrey - Construction

National engineering specialist SES Engineering Services has opened its second Scotland office in Edinburgh.

Hawksmoor (Domestic) - London - Food and Drink

Hawksmoor has announced plans to open its first steak restaurant and bar in Edinburgh this summer.

Cairngorm Capital (Domestic) - London - Financial Services

Cairngorm Capital opens Edinburgh office and enlarges investment team, following the firm’s investment in portfolio companies, Stevenswood Group and Thornbridge.

KPV LAB (FDI) - Berlin - ICT

Berlin-headquartered tech firm KPV LAB has expanded into Scotland, acquiring the top floor of One St Andrew Square in Edinburgh.

UBS (FDI) - Basel - Financial Services

Global financial services company UBS has signed a 10-year lease on the third floor of the refurbished One St Andrew Square.

Baxter's Food Group (Domestic) - Fochabers, Moray - Food and Drink

Soup giant Baxters Food Group has opened a new head office in Edinburgh as part of its plans for continuing worldwide growth.

Halewood Wines and Spirits (Domestic) - Liverpool - Food and Drink

Historic Crabbie whisky brand returns to Edinburgh with the opening of a new micro-distillery in Leith's Granton Harbour this summer.

Barrhead Travel (Domestic) - Glasgow - Retail

Barrhead Travel is to invest £3.5 million over five years in a new experience store at Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, creating 16 jobs.

AES Solar (Domestic) - Forres - Energy

AES Solar, one of Scotland’s longest standing manufacturer and installer of solar PV panels, has set up a base in Edinburgh due to increased demand for its products.

Buzzworks Holdings (Domestic) - Prestwick - Food and Drink

Hospitality group Buzzworks Holdings, is to open a new restaurant under its flagship Scotts brand at Port Edgar Marina, South Queensferry, creating around 60 new jobs.


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