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Scottish Corporate Sector Statistics 2005 & 2006

DescriptionScottish Corporate Sector Statistics 2005 & 2006
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateDecember 11, 2006

Scottish Corporate Sector Statistics for 2005 and 2006 are released today. The statistics provide information on Scotland's business stock, including business size and ownership.

Key Points:
  • The total number of private sector enterprises in Scotland rose slightly (0.1%) over the past year to reach 265,435 as at March 2006. The associated employment of these enterprises increased by 1.4% to 1.888 million. However, this follows a decrease in both the number of enterprises and employment between 2004 and 2005.
  • The total number of enterprises has increased by over 33,000 (14.4%) between 1999 and 2006.
  • Over the last year, medium-sized enterprises (50-249 employees) accounted for a large part of the rise in the total number of businesses and associated employment, and saw the largest relative increases, 5.5% and 4.6% respectively. Since 2002, the numbers of medium-sized enterprises and associated employment had been declining year on year.
  • The number of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their associated employment have increased to 263,175 (up 0.1%) and 989,640 (up 1.1%) respectively over the past year.
  • Enterprises with one or more employees comprised only 35% of all enterprises but provided 89% of all jobs. This is similar to previous years.
  • The proportions of the numbers of registered businesses and associated employment of businesses with an ultimate ownership outside of Scotland remained at 3% and 34% respectively. Among large enterprises (250+ employees), the proportions were substantially higher at 81% and 61% respectively.

All the above figures exclude central and local government.

The timetable for the Corporate sector analysis has changed and is now based on a March extract from the Office for National Statistics' Inter Departmental Business Register (IDBR). This allows more timely publications and more comparable analysis with the rest of the UK. Previous analyses have been based on a November extract. To help with the transition, 2 years of March based analysis (2005 and 2006) have been made available together.

Further information on the impact of the change, as well as a full set of the latest tables on business stock, is available at the publication website (link provided below).


Background Notes:

The estimates have been constructed using data from the Inter Departmental Business Register (IDBR) operated by the Office for National Statistics, the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the Family Resources Survey (FRS) and the Survey of Personal Incomes (SPI). The IDBR extract provides an estimate of the number of enterprises registered for VAT and/or PAYE. A procedure that combines data from the IDBR with estimates derived from the LFS, FRS and SPI is used to estimate the number of unregistered enterprises.

The estimates include enterprises that operate in Scotland irrespective of whether their head office is located in Scotland or elsewhere. Each enterprises is however only counted once in Scotland irrespective of the number of local business sites.

Enterprises are classified by employee size bands on the basis of the number of their total UK employees.

National Statistics are produced to high professional standards set out in the National Statistics Code of Practice. They undergo regular quality assurance reviews to ensure that they meet customer needs. They are produced free from any political interference.

Issued by:

Analytical Services Division
Department of Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning
Meridian Court
5 Cadogan Street
Glasgow G2 6AT

Press Office: Angela-Claire Coutts 0131-244-2852
Statistician: Lynn Graham 0141-242-5605
Email: industrystatistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk