This briefing discusses the existing evidence base on rural businesses in Scotland and identifies some key gaps that need to be filled in order to improve what we know about these businesses, particularly those operating outside the primary sector.
Businesses outside the primary sector make up two thirds of businesses in rural Scotland, almost 36,000 enterprises, and therefore they are likely to make a substantial contribution to national and regional sustainable economic growth. However, the characteristics of these businesses and the extent and types of contribution they make are not well understood. If we can achieve a better understanding of these businesses this will help to ensure that rural enterprise support policies are designed and implemented as appropriately as possible.
This briefing is part of a broader programme of work being undertaken by the RPC on rural enterprise in Scotland. Further information about this work will be available in due course, but if you would like to know more please contact the RPC team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015: Scotland's rural enterprises: What do we know and where are the information gaps?