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Scotland Snapshot Q1 2021

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Investment volumes in Scotland totalled £1.3 billion last year, down from £2.1 billion in 2019 and the weakest annual figure since 2012, largely due to the impact of the pandemic lockdown measures. However with some sectors performing well, a rebound is expected this year.


In this quarter’s Scotland snapshot, we highlight:

  • Despite the overall drop in investment last year, the alternative sector had a record year with volumes reaching £458 million, more than double the five-year annual average of £221 million.

  • Cross border capital accounted for 54% of all activity by value, whilst the share of institutional investors fell to a record low of 8%, against the five-year average of 19%.

  • In line with the UK-wide picture, Amazon has been at the forefront of recent deals activity in Scotland, with the pre-let of 144,000 sq ft build-to-suit distribution hub at Glasgow Business Park.

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Scotland Snapshot Q1 2021

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