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

Analysis Report: Economic and Business Activity in South Lanarkshire


South Lanarkshire’s economic landscape is marked by a diverse range of sectors, with significant activity in construction, wholesale and retail trade, and professional activities. The area demonstrates a robust presence of SMEs and a notable gender diversity in company leadership. However, the region shows a limited number of IPOs and a moderate level of employee growth.

Employment and Business Growth

  • Total Employees: 60,886. This figure represents the total workforce within South Lanarkshire. The region has seen a healthy growth in employment, with 449 companies reporting an increase in their workforce.
  • Employee Growth Rate: 8.36%. This positive growth rate indicates a dynamic job market, likely driven by the expansion of local businesses and the entry of new companies.
  • Top Growing Sectors: ‘Analytics, insight, tools’, ‘Other manufacturing and engineering’, and ‘Marketing services’ are among the top sectors showing growth, indicating a shift towards more specialised and high-value industries.
  • Number of Scale-ups: 90. This number of rapidly growing companies is indicative of a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and potential for future economic expansion.

Business Continuity

  • Company Cessations: 1,694. While this number indicates some business closures, it must be contextualised within the total number of active companies and the number of new companies established.
  • Number of New Companies (Last 2 Years): 4,032. This robust number suggests a dynamic business environment, with new entrants potentially filling gaps or introducing innovation.

Sector Dynamics

  • Top Sectors: Construction, Retail Trade, and Professional Activities lead in terms of the number of companies. These sectors are critical to the region’s economic fabric, providing a broad range of employment opportunities and services.
  • SME Presence: 10,823 SMEs signify a strong backbone of small and medium-sized enterprises, vital for job creation and economic resilience.

Innovation and International Presence

  • Number of Patent Owners: 165. This number, though modest, indicates some level of innovation within the region.
  • Number of Exporters: 236. The presence of exporters suggests a degree of international engagement, which is essential for economic diversification.
  • Companies with Foreign Parentage: 144. This shows South Lanarkshire’s integration into the global economy and its attractiveness to foreign investment.

Diversity in Leadership

  • Founders’ Gender: 19.09% female founders, indicating a need for greater gender balance in entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • Directors’ Gender: 25.78% female directors, reflecting a somewhat more balanced but still male-dominated leadership landscape.


South Lanarkshire’s economic profile is characterised by a strong presence of SMEs, diverse sectors, and a growing workforce. The region shows promising signs of entrepreneurial activity and sectoral growth, especially in high-value industries. However, areas such as innovation and gender diversity in leadership positions present opportunities for further development.

Company foundations and cessations over time

Active companies over time

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