Edinburgh: A Global Financial Centre

Published: 03 May 2018

Edinburgh is the natural choice for financial services events. Second only to London as the UK's largest financial centre, it’s also a major European centre for asset management and servicing.

There are numerous reasons to bring your next financial sector event to Scotland’s capital city – including several financial related venues. Choose from The Dome, a former bank initially built as the headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Scotland in 1847 or The Principal Hotel George Street, featuring a grand Victorian former banking hall accommodating up to 300 guests.

 

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The city’s financial services sector employs around 53,000 people in banking, insurance and pensions, asset management and FinTech companies. It’s the chosen headquarters for major financial institutions, such as the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Standard Life and Scottish Widows, and for multinationals including JP Morgan Chase, BlackRock, HSBC, and The Bank of New York Mellon.

The city’s three main financial services locations are in the Exchange District, the city centre and West Edinburgh, all of them within easy reach of a huge range of conference venues and accommodation. So there’s really no better location for your financial services event. 

Edinburgh has been a centre of banking for more than 300 years – in that time, the city has built its reputation as a leading financial centre. The 19th century brought the creation of the professional bodies that still govern Scotland’s financial sector today — the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, established 1854, and the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. Both remain the world’s oldest professional bodies for their respective fields.

Edinburgh’s long, rich and diverse history in financial services has helped establish it and Scotland as a whole as a major global financial centre. Today, the city not only maintains that status, it continues to build on it. It’s leading the drive in areas like FinTech and continuing to grow, develop and attract more inward investment year on year.

There’s numerous reasons to bring your next financial sector event to Scotland’s capital city – including several financial related venues. Choose from The Dome, a former bank initially built as the headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Scotland in 1847 or The Principal Hotel George Street, featuring a grand Victorian former banking hall accommodating up to 300 guests.

To discover even more about Edinburgh's Financial Services, visit the sector's dedicated webpage. Here you will find a host of assets in the Make it Edinburgh: Industry Tookit, including a Financial Sector Video-sting and Make It Edinburgh visuals - all of which are available to download and use when promoting Edinburgh as a business events destination. 

 

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