FSB: Edinburgh constituency most enterprising in Scotland

The Edinburgh Central Scottish Parliament constituency has more businesses than any other in the country, according to official figures uncovered by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

FSB: Edinburgh constituency most enterprising in Scotland

As part of their campaign to find Scotland’s best smaller firms, FSB has revealed which MSPs have the largest local business communities. Edinburgh Central is home to 10,075 businesses, with Glasgow Kelvin close behind with 10,050.

In third place in the listing is Aberdeen Central with 5,785 businesses, with Aberdeenshire West in fourth with 5,140.

Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch have 4,910, Caithness, Sutherland and Ross have 4,715, Aberdeenshire East has 4,575 and Inverness and Nairn have 4,255.

In ninth place in the listing is Banffshire and Buchan Coast which are home to 4,180 businesses and Stirling follows in tenth place with 4,150 businesses.

Edinburgh Central MSP Angus Robertson said: “I am hugely proud to represent the most enterprising constituency in the country. As great as it is to note the huge number of local businesses in Edinburgh Central, it is wonderful to see the diversity of industries in the area. From tourism to tech; music to media; food to finance; construction to creative - Edinburgh is a hive of commercial activity.

“It was a real pleasure to talk with members of FSB in my constituency last month, and I look forward to working with them and all others in the local business community to ensure Edinburgh and Scotland recover from the pandemic and remain a fantastic place to do business.”

The figures have been collated ahead of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2022, which have seen the UK’s overall winners come from Scotland for the last two years. The awards are free to enter and open to members and non-members alike.

There are 12 categories for the Scotland leg of the awards. Winners will go on to compete at the UK Final in May 2022 in Glasgow.

Andrew McRae, FSB’s Scottish policy convenor, added: “After such a tough year for all, we’re excited to celebrate the achievements of Scotland’s small business community.

“Across the length and breadth of Scotland, local and independent businesses play a key role. We’re on the hunt for firms who demonstrate the best of this vital sector.

“As a central Edinburgh business owner myself, it is brilliant to see our area at the top of the table.”

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