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2013 sees 30,000 new businesses created in Scotland

Glasgow and Edinburgh feature in top ten list for UK business start-ups.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Figures announced today by Startup Britain have shown that over 30,000 new businesses were created in Scotland in 2013. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh also feature in the top ten places in whole of the UK for new business creation.

Scotland Office Minister David Mundell said:

Scotland has a proud history of creation, innovation and entrepreneurship and the figures released today show that this history continues to influence and inspire.

Helping more businesses get started and ensuring that the great ideas of Scotland’s entrepreneurs make it from the drawing board to the board room is central to this Government’s long term economic plan. They will help to create more jobs and support the backbone of our economy.

Since 2010 the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme has seen more than £100m of loans offered to companies in Scotland and over the past three years the New Enterprise Allowance has helped unemployed Scots create more than 2,500 new businesses.

The top Scottish destinations for new businesses in 2013 were:

  • Glasgow – 8,085

  • Edinburgh 7,112

  • Aberdeen – 3,291

  • Motherwell – 2,442

  • Kilmarnock – 1,322

  • Dundee – 1,292

  • Falkirk – 1,211

  • Inverness – 1,201

  • Paisley – 1,182

Published 27 January 2014