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.
If you have any enquiries relating to business and innovation statistics then please contact us at:
0131 244 6802
Business and Innovation Statistics
Office of the Chief Economic Adviser
5 Atlantic Quay
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- First published
- 25 March 2022
- Last updated
- 9 May 2022
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