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Moray boasts a lively and active business community, with opportunities to discover new industries and carve out long-term rewarding careers.

An area committed to developing the workforce, residents in Moray can work across a variety of exciting industries: from food and drink, including leading whisky brands; through to booming tourism businesses and the emerging life sciences and digital healthcare sectors.

Moray offers the perfect backdrop for day-to-day life – whether it’s the remarkable views you see on your way to work, the wealth of businesses you can call upon to fulfil any need, or the vast education and housing opportunities in the region. 

If you would like to hear more about training, education or employment opportunities in Moray, you can contact Skills Development Scotland for advice that is tailored to you.


Industries in Moray include: 

Engineering and manufacturing 

Moray has long been renowned for electrical and mechanical engineering. Being situated between Aberdeen, Scotland’s oil capital, and Inverness, the capital of the highlands, means there are plenty of opportunities in these industries within the region. Easy access to road, rail and air transport enable Moray businesses to access external markets.

 

Renewable energy

Over 200 businesses in the Highlands and Islands are already involved in renewable energy and in the next decade, the industry is expected to generate a £30 billion investment in Scotland. In Moray, an estimated 384 wind turbines will be constructed in the next few years and Buckie in particular has already established itself as a key location for supporting two deep water test turbines.

As the renewable energy industry is expected to become the most in-demand energy source, and Moray provides the perfect climate for it, now is the perfect time to invest or train up. In Moray, you have the opportunity to get involved in an innovative, modern and highly lucrative industry.

 

Digital technology

Moray is currently experiencing a huge rate of innovation and growth, particularly in the Life Sciences industry. A number of state-of-the-art digital health technology businesses have recently been established and implemented in the region.

There is excellent opportunity for business development in relation to life sciences in Moray, a region which prides itself on offering an advanced approach to healthcare, particularly with a digital remit. Scotland is the first country in the world to create a digital health record for every citizen. This, combined with such an innovative outlook, makes Moray the perfect place to continue to develop an integrated healthcare system.

 

Space

Orbex, the firm behind the Sutherland spaceport, recently opened a new rocket design plant in Moray, which is expected to create up to 150 new jobs in the area. The aim is to launch Scotland’s space industry into a £4bn offering by 2030.  Customers are already signing up to satellite launches when they begin in 2021, from the A ‘Mhione peninsula. The new facility has positioned Moray as the leader in Europe for space technology by taking the UK closer to being able to provide domestic commercial launches. ​​​

Orbex has made rapid progress, fuelled by a team with expertise honed through working at NASA and ESA. They are focusing on building vertical launch vehicles, which transport loads of up to 150kg to Low Earth Orbit. They pride themselves on offering efficient, consistent and cost-effective spaceflight and have made great headwind in Moray in recent years.


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More sectors in Moray:

Creative industries

Moray is currently experiencing a huge rate of innovation and growth, particularly in the Life Sciences industry. A number of state-of-the-art digital health technology businesses have recently been established and implemented in the region.

There is excellent opportunity for business development in relation to life sciences in Moray, a region which prides itself on offering an advanced approach to healthcare, particularly with a digital remit. Scotland is the first country in the world to create a digital health record for every citizen. This, combined with such an innovative outlook, makes Moray the perfect place to continue to develop an integrated healthcare system.

 

Tourism

'Seas' the day with a tourism job by the gorgeous Moray coastline! Tourism generates over 10% of employment opportunities in Moray and this figure is growing consistently. It’s no surprise that tourism in one of Scotland’s best kept secrets is on the up – where else could you spend the morning surfing by stunning coastlines and the afternoon snowboarding with the beautiful Cairngorm mountain range as a backdrop?

The tourism sector already employs 24,000 locals, and the Highlands and Islands Enterprise aims to enable employers to double this workforce and the economic value of tourism within the area by 2025.

Awareness of the awe-inspiring landscape is increasing swiftly, which means that this is an excellent time to start your career or invest in business in Moray’s blossoming tourism sector. Being located between Aberdeen and Inverness makes the region highly accessible, not just to Scots but via rail and air link to over 40 locations throughout the UK and Europe.

This has created a solid foundation for high value tourism, with development opportunities arising often for businesses within this sector. Moray is famed for hunting, shooting and fishing, as well as for its fantastic mountains, coastline and bustling market towns.

 

Food and drink

The food and drink sectors contribute £1 billion per year to the Scottish economy and some of the most well-known brands in the world are based in Moray. The region is celebrated for producing a variety of top-quality products and 8.33% of all those who work in food and drink in Scotland are based in Moray.

 

Defence 

With the British Army based at Kinloss Barracks and the RAF base at Lossiemouth, Moray has a large Armed Forces population of serving members and their families, and veterans who have settled here. Their valuable skills enhance and contribute greatly to the benefit of Moray’s local economy. A dedicated website supports all members of the Armed Forces community whether they are regular, reserve or ex-service and their families under the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. It provides a source of information in one place to help our Armed Forces community whether they are moving here for the first time or are already settled in the area. www.armedforcesmorayandhighland.co.uk


The region has a vast amount of natural resources, which bring with them a great amount of opportunities and a similarly high standard of living.


Enterprise Park Forres

Moray offers the perfect working environment that is a total contrast to many other areas in the UK. The enterprise park at Forres, for example, was specifically developed to help businesses grow. Extending over 100 acres of beautifully landscaped, sustainable grounds the business park has a wide range of high quality and flexible business space. Just 15 minutes from Elgin and easy access to A96, Aberdeen and beyond.

Find out more at http://www.enterpriseparkforres.co.uk/ 
 

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