Some companies are taking the opportunities given by Scotland and the Scottish Executive's local powers to move substantial numbers of staff to Scotland from London. Ashurst may not be one of the world's top 5 law firms but they're one of the big players in British and international law. Also, 3 years ago, Allen and Overy, one of the world's big 5, moved its support staff to Belfast from central London.
I know plenty of CEO/COOs who are beginning to accept that modern working means you don't need anyone but customer facing staff in London, and even then, it's only those who have to press-the-flesh that really must be there. Why pay a HR team leader £75,000 in London when you can get the same or better skills in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast or elsewhere for £30,000 plus a vastly cheaper office environment.
This is the sort of stuff that the Scottish government is relying on for the future, damn the nay-sayers and just show the money to the firms looking for a cheaper home.
Still amazes me how many private companies offer my line of work based out of London offices paying around a 50% premium for the privelage, given I don't need to see the "customer" for anything longer than the odd hour here and there and spend 99% of my time in a darkened corner with nothing but a database connection for company, it seems a total waste of money. Be good to see more companies switch on to the fact its a big country and they can save a fortune be tapping into "the regions".