Sectors

Sectors

The Highland Economy has been well placed to capitalise on the Scottish Government's Growth Sector drive. The success of the sector is in no small part due to the existing diversity of the economy. In recent years we have seen well established sector continue to grow and benefit from greater investment, such as Energy and Tourism, and seen our fledgling sectors rise to prominence on a national level, with the newly established university of the Highlands and Islands and the Life Sciences Investment.

In Numbers

The Government's drive in these sectors has been effective. There are now 22% more enterprises nationally in the seven growth sectors than there were 8 years ago. The largest growth has been in Energy and the Creative Industries, at 236% and 45% respectively. The increased focus has also seen large increases in employment in these sectors, with a 22% increase in the Life Sciences Sector and 17% in Energy. Tourism is amongst the largest employer, with growth still being seen in the sector, highlighting its importance.