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The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.

Comprehensive Performance Report for Scotland


Welcome to the comprehensive performance report for the councils within the region of Scotland. This analysis delves into various metrics to evaluate the business environment across different councils, focusing on employment, industry growth, and economic contributions within the year 2022. The aim is to provide stakeholders with insightful data to understand regional dynamics and foster informed decision-making.

Population and Employment Overview

The region of Scotland, with its diverse councils, shows a varied distribution of population and employment rates. Here, we present a detailed table ranking each council by the number of employees adjusted for population size, providing a clearer picture of employment density across the region.

Council Name Number of Employees Population Employees per 1000 Residents
City of Edinburgh 374483 514990 727
Glasgow City 355256 622820 570
Aberdeen City 206762 224190 922
North Lanarkshire 78778 340930 231
Fife 64374 371340 173
Perth and Kinross 73962 151120 489
South Lanarkshire 60886 327430 186
Renfrewshire 67048 184340 364
Highland 62273 235710 264
Aberdeenshire 68415 263750 259
West Lothian 43046 181720 237
Dundee City 35248 148350 238
Falkirk 35359 158450 223
Angus 16849 114660 147
Dumfries and Galloway 25033 145770 172
Argyll and Bute 14037 87920 160
East Ayrshire 17894 120390 149
Midlothian 21092 97030 217
East Lothian 21647 112450 192
South Ayrshire 21683 111560 194
Stirling 41680 92530 450
Clackmannanshire 7495 51750 145
East Dunbartonshire 11336 108980 104
East Renfrewshire 13267 97160 137
North Ayrshire 14796 133490 111
Inverclyde 12600 78340 161
Scottish Borders 23237 116820 199
West Dunbartonshire 11525 88270 131
Moray 26077 94280 277
Na h-Eileanan Siar 3928 26120 150
Orkney Islands 3236 22020 147
Shetland Islands 5079 23020 221

Business Dynamics

The business landscape across the Scottish councils is quite diverse, with a significant variance in the number of companies and new business formations. For instance, Glasgow City and the City of Edinburgh not only have the highest number of total companies but also show robust figures in new company formations. In contrast, smaller councils like Orkney Islands and Na h-Eileanan Siar, despite their smaller populations, show a commendable entrepreneurial spirit with new businesses being established.

Sector Analysis

The sectoral distribution highlights key industries driving the regional economy. Professional, scientific, and technical services dominate in several councils, including Aberdeen City and the City of Edinburgh, indicating a strong inclination towards high-skilled sectors. Meanwhile, sectors like construction and retail trade are more pronounced in councils such as North Lanarkshire and West Lothian, reflecting a diverse economic base.

Scaleups and Growth

Scaleup activity, indicative of growing enterprises that contribute significantly to economic outputs, shows variability across the region. Edinburgh leads with the highest number of scaleups, closely followed by Glasgow. This is in stark contrast to smaller regions like the Shetland Islands, where scaleup activity is minimal, reflecting the challenges of scaling businesses in less populated areas.

International and Export Dynamics

Exporting is a critical component of economic strength, and councils like Aberdeen City and Glasgow City lead in this domain, likely due to their larger economic infrastructure and business networks. Conversely, councils with smaller populations such as the Orkney Islands have fewer exporters, which may be attributed to the logistical challenges and limited market access inherent to remote areas.

Investment and Innovation

Fundraising activities are a good indicator of a vibrant economic environment and investor confidence. In 2022, Edinburgh and Glasgow were notable for their fundraising efforts, aligning with their status as economic hubs. Patent ownership is also notably high in these areas, underscoring a strong focus on innovation.

Conclusion and Recommendations

This report has traversed through various dimensions of economic performance across the Scottish councils, revealing both strengths and areas for improvement. For future growth, it is recommended that councils focus on nurturing scaleups, enhancing support for exporting businesses, and fostering innovation through increased investment in technology and research.

By addressing these areas, Scotland can not only enhance its economic landscape but also ensure sustainable growth and competitiveness on a global scale.

The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.