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Moray's competitive advantage 

From educational excellence to pioneering innovation, there are many reasons to invest in Moray. Here's our top 10:

High returns

Moray is one of the most cost effective regions (relative to Scottish average) with competitive labour costs, ensuring best value and enabling your company to achieve a high return on investment.

Proven track record

Moray has the expertise to support the growth of world class businesses. The region is home to renowned food and drink brands, from Walkers shortbread to Baxters foods and numerous Speyside whiskies providing high end products to international markets, as well as small, high quality niche producers. Thirty years of operational experience in energy-related engineering and fabrication as well as the increase in engineering skills make its coastal location perfect to support Scotland’s ambition, to be a world leading renewable energy powerhouse.

Pioneering Innovator

A key partner within the UK’s newest university, the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), the Moray education system is responsive in delivering the skilled workforce needed. The collaborative pioneering work of digital and medical professionals in the region is putting Moray on the map in the development of Scotland’s digital healthcare sector.The Alexander Graham Bell Centre located at Moray College UHI will complement the ground breaking work being carried out in digital healthcare in the Moray region.

Live, Work, Relax, Moray 

Moray is well known for its high standard of living. The area offers a rich local culture, friendly communities, superb facilities and services, entertainments, leisure and sports. With affordable housing, great schools and a dry climate, Moray is a great place to live, work and relax.

Access to Markets

Moray is located between Scotland’s oil capital Aberdeen and the Highlands’ capital city, Inverness, with easy access to rail, road and international airport links. Inverness Airport is only 35 minutes from Elgin, the Commercial and Administrative Capital of Moray whilst Aberdeen Airport is no more than a 90 minute drive.

Space to grow 

We have space for your business to grow with high quality infrastructure across the region.

• The Enterprise Park Forres (EPF), Moray’s premier business location offers an excellent working environment, with a range of high quality business units and land development opportunities.

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• The Moray Council also has a range of property across Moray including Buckie Harbour.

Moray offers high levels of broadband connectivity, meeting your worldwide online requirements.

Working Together

Moray has developed a mature partnership model of working which brings together all aspects of its community. Eighteen partner groups including Moray Council, development agency HIE, Skills Development
Scotland, and business, health, community and academic representatives are working together to support your investment in the area.

Business Support

Businesses locating to the Moray area may be able to benefit from the support of HIE, with specialist business advice, infrastructure, networking, access to industry experts and exclusive business programmes dependent on growth potential, ambition and sector. We can help you identify and access funding and provide a comprehensive investor support programme. Our team can talk through your business plan and the financial needs of the business as part of our wider discussions about what Moray has to offer for you.

Strong Work Ethic

Moray offers a well educated, skilled workforce with a great reputation for customer service. Moray companies have low turnover of staff and high retention rates. The region has a growing population; the 2011 census shows an increase to 93,300 people resident in Moray. However, the area has access to an even wider labour pool as there are 236,000 people within a one hour drive of Elgin. Moray has 85% of its working age population in employment which is higher than the Scottish average (80%).


Workers in Moray are more likely to have a skill than across Scotland as a whole. Moray College is part of the new UHI and has and has over 8,000 enrolled students. It offers a range of degree and postgraduate courses.

Moray has a strong educational base and there are eight secondary schools, which in 2011 produced 1,021 school leavers. Some 89% went on to further or higher education or to gain employment – above the Scottish average of 82%.




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