Edinburgh’s global financial services sector is well established and extremely diverse, with strong representation from banking, insurance and pensions, fund management and asset servicing.

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A global financial centre

Edinburgh is the UK's largest financial services centre after London and a major European centre for asset management and asset servicing. Scotland’s capital has also been at the forefront of the life assurance market for more than 200 years and remains a major banking centre.  

In 2017, around 33,000 (9.9%) people work in Edinburgh’s financial services and insurance sector while more than 90% of all Scottish fund managers are based in the city region. The city is home to Europe’s second largest asset fund manager, Standard Life Aberdeen, as well as several retail and challenger banks and providers of ethical finance.

Edinburgh’s reputation as an emerging technology cluster, combined with the city’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and mature strengths in financial services, mean the city is poised to become one of the world’s top ten fintech hubs.

A compact physical footprint and acknowledged quality of life help to attract and retain and highly qualified workforce epitomised by a rapidly expanding developer and data science community. What’s more, the presence of early stage funding helps to unlock the potential of established strengths in data science, blockchain, digital security, cyber identity and open data compliance.

The result is a bold Fintech ambition for the city, centred around a shared strategy driven by city partners, including Fintech Scotland

We have the second largest financial centre in the UK...We are a major centre for asset servicing, have one of the world's top fund management hubs and excel in services ranging from brokerage to corporate finance.

Steve Tigar, Chief Executive, Money Dashboard

You'll be in great company!!

Edinburgh is home to many of the world’s largest and most influential financial services organisations, as well as some very exciting fintech start-ups.

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For an overview of Edinburgh’s Financial Services sector, explore the Business Sector Map

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