Scottish Economic Statistics

Scottish Enterprise has published the latest facts on the Scottish economy including information on employment levels, industry sectors, business growth, levels of innovation and exports.

Businesses in Scotland

In 2018 there were 345,915 private sector enterprises in Scotland.

343,535 were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) providing 1.2 million jobs.

The two largest sectors were professional, scientific and technical activities (48,155 enterprises) and construction (47,500 enterprises), together accounting for 27.7% of all private sector enterprises.

Scottish exports

Scotland's international exports (excluding oil and gas) increased in 2017 by £1.9 billion (6.2%) to £32.4 billion

Exports to the rest of the UK also increased, up £2.2 billion (4.6%) to £48.9 billion

Total international and rest of the UK exports (excluding oil and gas) were £81.4 billion, up £4.1 billion (5.2%) from the previous year.

Source and full publication: Scottish Enterprise