Growth sector statistics

Key statistics on Scotland’s growth sectors.

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. 

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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0131 244 6802

Scottish Government
Business and Innovation Statistics
Office of the Chief Economic Adviser
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU

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