Business and economy

Scotland has twice been voted ‘European Region of the Future’ in the last four years (Financial Times’ Foreign Direct Investment magazine) and it’s not difficult to see why.

With a resilient and diverse economy coupled with a business and political environment which supports growth and entrepreneurship, there is no more promising location than Scotland in which to set up or invest.

Scottish economy

Population Around 5.3 million
(National Records of Scotland)
GVA £102 billion (2009)
(Office for National Statistics)
GVA (per head) £19,744 (2009)
(Office for National Statistics)
Currency Pound sterling (GBP)
Labour Force 2.49 million (2010)
(Office for National Statistics)
Scotland's top five export industries Food and drink
Chemicals
Business services
Electrical and instrument engineering
Mechanical engineering
(2009 Global Connections Survey, Scottish Government)
Top five export destinations USA
Netherlands
France
Germany
Belgium
(2009 Global Connections Survey, Scottish Government)