An alternative source for measuring the economic activity of the Life Sciences sector can be derived from a Scottish Enterprise maintained database of companies involved in research, product and technology development, services, and support within the Life Sciences sector. In 2014, a review of Scottish Enterprise’s database was undertaken which led to a refreshed Life sciences company list being compiled, which is now subject to yearly updates.
Scottish Enterprise supplies the Scottish Government with its Life Sciences database each year so that estimates of turnover and GVA can be sourced by matching the Life Sciences database with financial data from the Annual Business Survey via a company matching exercise.
For information, Scottish Enterprise also calculates figures for overall number of organisations and employment in Life sciences. These figures are calculated by adding number of enterprises / employment from company matching exercise with number of organisations / people in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and number of organisations / people working in non-HEI organisations. See Table below:
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No. of Enterprises / Organisations
|Total Employment (in Th's) ||Total Turnover (in £m) ||Gross Value Added at Basic Prices (in £m) |
Life sciences matching exercise 1
Scottish Enterprise Totals 2
Results from company matching exercise between Scottish Enterprise list and 2016 Scottish Annual Business Statistics database.
Scottish Enterprise (SE) takes results from Life sciences company matching exercise and adds separate data for Higher Education Institutions (data provided by Higher Education Statistics Agency) and other research institutions (data provided by SE internal research) in order to produce overall organisation counts and employment.
Tables summarising statistics from the different sources can be found here: Life Sciences Cluster