November and December 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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December 2018

Ace & Tate (FDI) - Amsterdam - Retail

Dutch eyewear brand Ace & Tate is opening its first Scottish store on Frederick Street in the former Pretty Green unit.

InterContinental Hotels Group (Domestic) - Denham, Buckinghamshire - Hotel

InterContinental Hotels Group new Voco brand is to open in Edinburgh on Torphichen Street, close to Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The 150 bedroom property is expected to open in April 2020.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary (FDI) - Budapest - Public sector

Hungary has opened a consulate office on Union Street, Edinburgh. The new consulate will be tasked with helping the development of Hungary-Scotland relations.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts (FDI) - McLean, Virginia, USA - Hotel

A six-story, 240-bedroom Hampton by Hilton hotel has opened within walking distance of the city’s airport.

Aldi (FDI) - Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany - Retail

Aldi has announced plans to open eight new stores across Scotland next year, creating 200 jobs. One outlet is to be located in Leith.

Co-operative Group (Domestic) - Manchester - Retail

The Co-op has unveiled plans to open about a dozen new food stores in Scotland as part of a £200m UK-wide investment.

November 2018

Why Unified (FDI) - Tampa, FL, USA - Business Services

US-based Why Unified, a digital marketing and SaaS company, has opened a new corporate office in Edinburgh. It will support the company’s UK clients.

Johnstons of Elgin (Domestic) - Elgin - Retail

Cashmere specialist Johnstons of Elgin is to open a flagship store on Edinburgh's Multrees Walk.

Mangobean Coffee Shops (Domestic) - Newcastle - Food and Drink

The UK coffee chain is due to open an Edinburgh store in early 2019.

Travelodge (Domestic) - Thame, Oxfordshire - Hotel

A new 70 bedroom hotel will be built in the west of the city, at South Gyle which has been let to Travelodge on an initial 25 year lease.

Ian Macleod Distillers (Domestic) - Broxburn - Food and Drink

Leading spirits brand Edinburgh Gin want to build a new multi-million pound distillery and visitor centre after buying up arches on East Market Street.

Mostly Media (Domestic) - Holt, Wiltshire - Business Services

Media planning and buying agency Mostly Media is launching an operation north of the border.

GuestReady (Domestic) - London - Business Services

GuestReady, an Airbnb management company, is expanding its UK services to Edinburgh, in response to rising demand for accommodation as more visitors come to the Scottish capital.

Hamson Barron Smith (Domestic) - London - Business Services

Integrated design and building consultancy Hamson Barron Smith is opening its first Scottish office.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (FDI) - Chicago, IL, USA - Hotel

Hyatt Hotels Corporation is set to launch its first hotel in Scotland after winning the bid to operate a new spa and conference hotel at Edinburgh Marina. The new Hyatt Regency Hotel will comprise 187 rooms.

Dexcom (FDI) - San Diego, CA, USA - Life Sciences

US-based Dexcom, a provider of continuous glucose monitoring technology to help patients and their clinicians better manage diabetes has announced it will expand its headcount in Edinburgh.


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