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Growth Sector Statistics Consultation


The Government Economic Strategy (GES) 2011 defines the Growth Sectors (GS) to be: Food & Drink (including agriculture & fisheries), Creative Industries (including digital), Sustainable Tourism, Energy (including renewables), Financial & Business Services, Life Sciences and Universities. The Growth Sectors follow on from the Key Sectors as defined in GES 2007. The Key Sectors were previously defined using Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2003 codes. SIC codes are used to classify business establishments by the main type of economic activity in which they are engaged. The SIC 2003 codes were replaced by SIC 2007 codes, which better describe the economy as it is now. Therefore the Growth Sectors have been redefined on a SIC 2007 basis. It would have been relatively straightforward to map the SIC 2003 Key Sector codes to the equivalent SIC 2007 Growth Sector codes – but the revision was a good opportunity to correct some of the issues with the classifications under SIC 2003.

The Growth Sector Database is available here.


A user consultation seeking users' views on proposed definitions for the Growth Sectors, based on the SIC 2007 codes, was carried out between the 1st March 2012 and the 20th April 2012.

Summary of Consultation and Scottish Government Response

A report summarising the findings from the consultation and the Scottish Government response is available here.  This document contains the final agreed definitions for the Growth Sectors.


If you have any further queries please send these to:

industrystatistics@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or please phone 0300 244 6803.