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Businesses in Scotland 2017

All content within this web-section is available as a single PDF document and all the latest tables are available to download in excel:

Please note that the ‘Businesses in Scotland’ publication was previously entitled Scottish Corporate Sector Statistics.

Further Information

What do these statistics cover?

The ‘Businesses in Scotland’ publication provides information on the number of enterprises (businesses) operating in Scotland.  The main purpose of the publication is to provide an estimate of Scotland’s business stock.

Within the publication the Scottish business stock is broken down by various dimensions including industry, business size, local authority area, urban/rural area and country of ownership. The publication includes all enterprises that operate in Scotland regardless of where the business is based.

The focus of the publication is on private sector enterprises, where the private sector is defined as including the following enterprise types:

  • Companies (including Building Societies)
  • Sole Proprietors
  • Partnerships
  • Public Corporations/Nationalised Bodies
  • Non-profit making bodies and mutual associations

Data is also provided on enterprises' employment and turnover. However, please note that there are time lags associated with the employment and turnover variables.

What are the statistics used for?

Statistics from the ‘Businesses in Scotland’ publication are used to provide insight into the characteristics of Scotland’s business stock, and how Scotland’s business stock has changed over time.  The data are used to inform decision making and performance monitoring – both inside and outside government.  More information on uses can be found in the on-line Businesses in Scotland Data Sources, Suitability and Uses Note.

What year do tables relate to?

The latest figures relate to March 2017 and were released on 8 November 2017. 

The latest 2017 publication tables on the Businesses in Scotland website are consistent for the years 2010 to 2017.  All industry sector data are based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2007. 

Older tables, available in the Tables Archive, have not been updated to reflect the current methodology and are therefore not consistent with the latest tables for 2010 to 2017.  

However, a high level time series for total (registered and unregistered) enterprises and registered enterprises has been constructed for 2000 to 2017.  This long time series has been produced on a consistent basis as far as possible. 

The following data is available on the ‘Businesses in Scotland’ website:

Constructed Time Series back to 2000:

All enterprises (registered and unregistered) 2000 – 2017
Total registered enterprises 2000 – 2017

Latest detailed tables on a consistent methodological basis:

All enterprises (Tables A to E) 2010 – 2017
Registered enterprises by industry (Tables 1 to 16) 2010 – 2017

Archived Tables (on old methodology and SIC 2003 basis):

All enterprises (Tables A to E) 2000 – 2010
Registered enterprises by industry (Tables 1 to 8) 2000 – 2010

What’s new?

Table 15 is new and provides more detailed information on EU-owned and foreign-owned businesses operating in Scotland - with a breakdown of enterprises, sites, employment and turnover by sector.

Table 16 is new and provides more detailed information on EU-owned and foreign-owned businesses operating in Scotland - with a breakdown of enterprises, sites, employment and turnover by local authority area.

When will the figures be updated?

We aim to publish the Businesses in Scotland 2018 as soon as possible after the release of the Office for National Statistics’ UK Business Activity publication, which is due out in Autumn 2018.

Businesses in Scotland Revision - 2010-2016

Data for 2010 to 2016 has been revised - more information on revisions is provided in Section 15 of the Methodology Notes.  Revision Tables are available to download in excel:

Revisions Tables