Ar­gyll shows it is the busi­ness

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

AR­GYLL and Bute towns are among the most en­tre­pre­neur­ial in Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to new data is­sued by the Fed­er­a­tion of Small Busi­nesses (FSB).

Fig­ures col­lated by FSB in Scot­land show the pro­por­tion of peo­ple who work for them­selves in 479 Scot­tish towns, cities and sub­urbs.

Four­teen out of 15 Ar­gyll and Bute towns in­cluded in the na­tional data have higher than the 6.4 per cent av­er­age fig­ure for self- em­ploy­ment.

The top per­form­ing Ar­gyll and Bute towns are Tar­bert and Kil­creg­gan where there is 15.44 per cent and 13.39 per cent self- em­ploy­ment re­spec­tively. In Oban, one in 10 peo­ple are self- em­ployed.

The vil­lages are among Scot­land’s top 10 most en­tre­pre­neur­ial towns, while Ul­lapool in the High­lands has the high­est self- em­ploy­ment fig­ure of 17.9 per cent.

Hisashi Kuboyama, FSB’s devel­op­ment man­ager, said: ‘Ar­gyll and Bute is a small busi­ness econ­omy and these fig­ures on self- em­ploy­ment sup­port that view.

‘This data shows the most suc­cess­ful lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties have high num­bers of peo­ple who are their own boss.

‘Un­sur­pris­ingly, pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions are awash with smaller firms. Scot­land’s mar­ket towns still have thriv­ing busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties too.

‘ While it is pleas­ing that al­most all of the lo­cal towns in­cluded here are above the na­tional av­er­age for en­trepreneur­ship, the wide gap be­tween top and bot­tom towns shows where our busi­ness sup­port agen­cies can fo­cus their at­ten­tion.

‘There are now more than 200,000 Scot­tish peo­ple who are self- em­ployed – more than the num­ber of peo­ple who work for the NHS or Scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.’

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