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Renting Office Space in Scotland – Edinburgh or Glasgow?


For companies looking to rent an office in Scotland, there are two outstanding locations that leap off the page at you – Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Both cities are steeped in history and have long been beacons for large multi nationals seeking to gain a presence in Scotland – Standard Life, Aviva and Shell to name a few for example. The excellent transport links to the rest of the UK also give the two cities an advantage over other Scottish locations like Aberdeen and Inverness.

The case for renting office space in either city is compelling then. But which location would be best suited for your business? Below we summarise what each city has to offer to potential clients.


  • Home to financial institutions like the Royal Bank of Scotland for hundreds of years
  • World famous tourist destination with attractions including Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile  – an ideal setting for businesses within this sector
  • Scottish Government buildings within the city boundary – many public sector organisations have taken office space in Edinburgh City Centre
  • Highly skilled workforce readily available
  • New city wide tram system due for completion later this year
  • Historical surroundings will provide a prestigious image to your suppliers and clients
  • Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Waverley Station link the city to the rest of the UK
  • Renowned entertainment district around Princes Street in the city centre


  • Industrial heritage with ship building around the River Clyde at the heart of the city’s history
  • Regeneration projects such as those in the areas of Anderston and Blythswood Hill have enabled the city to attract some of the UK’s largest financial institutions
  • Multi cultural make up of the city offers a diverse range of skills and expertise to the table
  • Glasgow Airport operates services to both domestic and international destinations. The city also benefits from 3 city centre railway stations
  • Office space in Glasgow can be cheaper when compared to similar business space in Edinburgh
  • Excellent range of business premises available to rent – from the period building right through to the very modern business centre

Abbey Business Centres operate three business centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh and have a wide range of serviced office suites available to rent that would meet the requirements of a whole host of businesses – however large or small they may be.

To arrange a viewing of any of the three centres, call 0800 634 6346 today or email

Alternatively, calculate how much serviced office space in Scotland you may need online.