Key Sectors

There are seven key employment sectors in Edinburgh: financial services; technology and software; creative industries; life sciences; tourism; retail; and low carbon and sustainability.

Of the Scottish Government’s six growth sectors in 2016, Edinburgh had:

• 195 food and drink enterprises

• 3,180 creative industry enterprises

• 1,780 sustainable tourism enterprises

• 275 energy (including renewables) enterprises

• 4,570 financial and business services enterprises

• 105 life sciences enterprises.

In 2014, GVA from these enterprises was: food and drink (£92.4M); creative (£799.9M); sustainable tourism (£580.2M); energy (£540.7M); financial and business services (£1,128.3M); and life sciences (£140.7M).

There are six key employment sectors in Midlothian: life sciences; earth sciences; construction; tourism; education; and the public sector.

Of the Scottish Government’s six growth sectors in 2016, Midlothian had:

• 125 food and drink enterprises

• 235 creative industry enterprises

• 175 sustainable tourism enterprises

• 30 energy (including renewables) enterprises

• 365 financial and business services enterprises

• 30 life sciences enterprises.

In 2014, GVA from these enterprises was food and drink (7.9M); creative (£43.2M); sustainable tourism (£30.6M); energy (£8.2M); financial and business services (£42.4M); and life sciences (£32.7M).

There are six key employment sectors in the Scottish Borders: construction; creative industries; farming; food and drink; niche manufacturing (particularly textiles); and tourism.

Of the Scottish Government’s six growth sectors in 2016, the Scottish Borders had:

• 1,185 food and drink enterprises

• 320 creative industry enterprises

• 405 sustainable tourism enterprises

• 50 energy (including renewables) enterprises

• 560 financial and business services enterprises

• 10 life sciences enterprises.

In 2014, GVA from these enterprises was food and drink (£32.4M); creative (£43.7M); sustainable tourism (£45.7M); energy (£69.4M); financial and business services (£84.6M); and life sciences (n/a).