Edinburgh - Renaissance City
- Business Community

Bank of Scotland Head Office on The Mound

The Business Community
Strong investment in business and finance (Edinburgh is one of the largest financial centres in Europe), the arts, judiciary (Scotland has its own legal system) and tourism has made Edinburgh a most desirable place to live - the property prices are literally going through the roof due to demand. It`s a very popular city to visit - last year voted second [ after London] in best UK cities by Conde Nast Traveller magazine. From Easter to Christmas, quality events and festivities have increased visitors all year round. The Edinburgh International Conference Centre opened in 1995 as a state-of-the-art venue, attracting thousands of business delegates from all over the world.

This is part of the 350 million Exchange Project development, designed by Terry Farrell, creating a prestigious community of financial institutions - Edinburgh is the second largest financial centre in the UK. On the commercial and retail side of business, George Street has quickly developed as the niche area for designer shops, jewelry stores and sophisticated nightlife. Along the street at St. Andrews Square sees the future location of Harvey Nichols - in 2002 the Knightsbridge store is coming to town.

Similar to the Canary Wharf development in London`s Dockland, the port of Leith - already a popular area for superb fish restaurants and good pubs - is enjoying a 50 million face lift. Due to open this autumn, The Ocean Terminal, designed by Terence Conran will be the home to the Britannia, the port for visiting cruise liners with a retail and business complex offering shops, hotels, restaurants, exhibition and conference facilities.

Further along the coast at Granton a major regeneration programme is being developed. Over the next ten years the Waterfront project will transform a barren wasteland into a new working and living environment. It is said to be the biggest urban development in the city since the construction of the New Town in 1767.

A vision of the future yes, but this is also a city defined by history, by its architectural and cultural heritage. After all that is why so many visitors - for business or pleasure- come to Edinburgh. And return time and again.

"It is what Paris ought to be. It has the scenic quality - to see the moon rise from behind Arthur`s Seat and shine upon the spires and monuments. The place establishes an interest in people`s hearts; go where they will, they find no city of the same distinction."
      Robert Louis Stevenson

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