Companies in Moray can see a high return on investment and ensure the best value, in comparison to the Scottish average, on labour costs.
From Baxters and Walkers shortbread to world-renowned Speyside whiskies, Moray has the expertise to support the growth of world-class businesses as well as independent producers. With the region’s coastal location and 30 years of operational experience in energy-related engineering and fabrication, Moray also has the ambition to become a world leader in renewable energy.
As part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Moray College UHI is responsive in delivering the skilled workforce needed. Collaborative pioneering work between 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 at Moray College UHI complements the ground-breaking work being carried out in digital healthcare in the Moray region.
Known for its high standard of living, Moray offers a rich culture, friendly communities, great facilities, leisure and sports. With affordable housing, a high standard of schools and a dry climate, Moray is a great place to live, work and visit.
The public, private and third sectors in Moray are all working towards delivering a ten-year economic strategy for the region with the stated aim of moving the region into one of the top performing parts of Scotland for economic performance. To read the strategy in full, please click here.
Moray is the perfect location with easy access to rail, road and airport links. Moray is located between Scotland’s oil capital, Aberdeen, and the Highland capital, Inverness. Inverness Airport is just 35 minutes from Elgin, whilst Aberdeen Airport is no more than a 90-minute drive.
With high-quality infrastructure across the region, Moray has space for your business to grow. 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.
Moray Council has a range of property across Moray, including Buckie Harbour. Much of Moray offers high-speed broadband connectivity, making sure your business can reach the world.
Moray has developed a partnership model of working, bringing together all aspects of its community. 18 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.
Moray businesses can benefit from the support of HIE, with access to business advice, infrastructure, networking opportunities and access to experts. The HIE team can talk through your business plan and the financial needs of your business, as well as what Moray has to offer for you.
Moray companies have low turnover of staff and high retention rates; offering a well-educated, skilled workforce with a great reputation for customer service. Moray also has access to a wider workforce as there are 236,000 people within a one-hour drive of Elgin. Moray has 85% of its working age population in employment; higher than the Scottish average of 80%.
Businesses in Moray have access to a skilled pool of workers. Moray College, part of UHI, has more than 8,000 enrolled students, offering a range of degree and postgraduate courses.
In 2016/17, Moray's eight secondary schools produced 928 school leavers. Some 90.7% went on to further or higher education or to gain employment.