Growth sector statistics

Key statistics on Scotland’s growth sectors.

This document is part of a collection

Scotland's Economic Strategy (2015) identified those sectors where Scotland has a distinct comparative advantage:

  • food and drink (including agriculture and fisheries)
  • creative Industries (including digital)
  • sustainable tourism
  • energy (including renewables)
  • financial and business Services
  • life sciences

The Growth Sectors are defined using Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2007 codes. SIC codes are used to classify business establishments by the main type of economic activity in which they are engaged.

Note that Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation was published on the 1st of March 2022. In light of the new strategy, the growth sector statistics databases will be reviewed in 2022. 

Growth sector statistics database

Local authority area statistics database

International tourism database

Life sciences cluster

Growth sector methodology note

Creative industries


Financial and business services

Food and drink

Sustainable tourism

Life sciences


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