How to Meet and Date Rich Men in Scotland, UK

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Though part of the United Kingdom, Scotland has a distinctive national, political and cultural identity. It is thought to be one of the best places in Europe as far as economic, educational and social opportunities are concerned. And if you are looking for wealthy singles to wine and dine you in style, here are a few ways you can meet and date rich men in Scotland.

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The rich finance professionals

Centered primarily on the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the financial services industry in the Scottish Economy has seen substantial expansion in recent years, with a growth rate of over 35% over the period 2000 to 2005. The sector employs 5% of the Scottish workforce or 113,160 people and generates £5bn or 6% of Scotland's GDP. Edinburgh the capital of Scotland is one of the most important centers of financial services in Europe. In terms of funds under management, Edinburgh is the sixth major financial services center after cities like London, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich and Amsterdam. Many large finance firms like Lloyds Banking Group who are also the owners of the Halifax Bank of Scotland,  the Government-owned Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Life have their headquarters in Edinburgh. The city recently became home to the headquarters of Tesco Bank and Virgin Money. Thus if you are keen to meet bankers, hedge fund managers, investment consultants and other high-paying professionals of the finance sector, Edinburgh is the place to look around. Here you could browse through the Edinburgh financial district which lies to the immediate west of the Edinburgh Castle. The financial district houses not only the major insurance and banking buildings of the city but also the circular sandstone building that is the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. In Glasgow the major business areas are the Commercial Center as well as the older Merchant City.

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The industrial big-wigs

Traditionally the economy of Scotland has been based on heavy industries. Propelled by the Industrial Revolution, the country took major strides in manufacturing and industrial production in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Glasgow became a burgeoning industrial town and production was mainly centered around iron, ship-building and heavy machineries. And even though post Second World War, this sector has declined in importance, manufacturing still remains an important sector of Scottish economy. Rather the country has witnessed the rise in the manufacture of lighter, less labor intensive products such as optoelectronics, software, chemical products and derivatives as well as life sciences. The Engineering and Defense sectors in Scotland employ around 30,000 people in the country. The principal companies operating in the sector include; BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Alexander Dennis, Thales, Selex and Babcock. If you are looking for a successful partner, explore this professional sector to meet some upcoming executives, engineers or other qualified professionals. A good idea would be to visit business conferences, professional workshops or industrial and trade fairs taking place in cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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The oil barons

Scotland is the largest petroleum producer in the European Union. The coastal waters surrounding Scotland, particularly the areas which extend into the North Atlantic and North Sea have large oil reserves. Oil was discovered in the North Sea in 1966, with the first year of full production taking place in 1976. Aberdeen is the center of Scotland’s oil exploration industry as well as the circle of ancillary units which are supported by the oil and gas sector while Grangemouth is the centre of Scotland's petrochemicals industry. The oil related industries are a major source of employment and income in these regions. It is estimated that the industry employs around 100,000 workers or 6% of the working population of Scotland. If you happen to find yourself in these parts of Scotland, try to get to know rising entrepreneurs of the oil companies or the engineers and highly skilled professionals working in this sector.

Hang out at upscale bars

When the wealthy singles of Scotland are not adding to their bank accounts, they can be found living it up at upscale bars and nightclubs. Edinburgh is one such city where the rich and fashionable party away till the wee hours of the morning. While the Hard Rock Café is a legendary destination for die-hard rock fans, the GHQ is a hangout of the uber stylish men and women of the city. Le Monde is an elegant cocktail bar with a large choice of spirits. For gourmets however the place to head for is the Granary Bar which has a varied menus ranging from traditional favorites to more exotic dishes. On the other hand if you prefer partners who like to groove to the thumping beats of the dance floor, check out the Bongo Club or the Cas Rock. other cities like Glasgow and Aberdeen too have a vivid nightlife.

Visit the affluent neighborhoods

One of the most effective ways to meet the rich is to live where they do. This makes you a familiar face in the neighborhood coffee shop or park which is why the successful singles will be more comfortable at making your acquaintance. In Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, West End neighborhoods near Shandwick Place are rather exclusive while Morningside is probably the poshest old suburb in the city, with leafy streets and wide avenues. The historic Old Town is dominated by the Royal Mile, a medieval thoroughfare stretching for about a mile from Edinburgh Castle downhill to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In Glasgow, the wealthiest live in areas like Hyndland and Dowanhill in the northern areas of West End as well as Pollokshaws, Strathbungo, Queens Park, Pollokshields, and Crosshill, which form the heart of the city's more modern and affluent Southside suburbs. Even if you cannot afford an apartment in one of these smarter neighborhoods, try to explore its cafes, parks and shopping centers. This way you are bound to bump into one of its single rich men and if lucky even get to date one of them.