TRAVEL, tourism and leisure one of Scotland’s most important and controversial economic sectors. The latter two activities tend to be dominated by small and medium-sized firms, meaning that it is the travel industry which dominates The Scotsman 250.
PROPPING up the foot of he Scotsman 250 table, the uncomfortably lumpy Technology, Media and Communications (TMC) sector contains 13 companies, or 5.2 per cent by number of the list,but only contributes £2.6 million, or 3.3 per cent, to its value.
THE past year has posed some very severe challenges to businesses across all sectors, yet as the Scotsman 250 list shows, there have been excellent performances by companies up and down the scale.
THIS time last year, I spoke about the after effects September 11 and the subsequent economic slowdown which, along with the Iraq war and SARS, continues to impact on the world’s economic landscape.
THE Scotsman 250 list is dominated by financial services companies. Although only seven companies feature in the list (just 2.8 per cent of the 250) their combined turnover of £36.13 billion amounts to a massive 47 per cent of the total turnover of all 250 companies.
THE days may be long gone when Scotland used to turn out ships and steam locomotives for half the world, but manufacturing remains a critical part of the country’s economy.