Scottish firms

Riding high

Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of Scotland’s economy. Investment in infrastructure and a competitive environment are unlocking new opportunities.

Scotland has a long and proud entrepreneurial history and this spirit continues to thrive, keeping business confidence strong. Key to long-term success is increased productivity, innovation, investment and training, all areas in which many Scottish firms are already excelling. Scotland is producing some world-beating businesses with glowing prospects.

Sector at a glance

  • 7.8% – The percentage increase in the number of enterprises in Scotland between March 2014 and March 2015
  • 18.5% – The annual growth in the Scottish construction sector from October 2014 to October 2015
  • £41.8 billion – The target for Scottish international exports by 2017, a 50% increase on 2013

Innovation nation

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One of the biggest timber-harvesting contractors in Europe, this family business is optimistic about future demand.
Peak Scientific relies on meticulous research to create high-performing gas generators for analytical laboratories.
Independent subsea specialist ROVOP provides a range of equipment to the oil, gas and offshore wind industry.
National waste management broker SWR delivers bespoke solutions to a range of sectors.
Headquartered in Fort William, the Underwater Centre trains commercial divers and remotely operated vehicle operators.