The Scotsman

En­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit undi­min­ished by Covid

- By SCOTT REID

Scot­land’ s en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit re­mains strong de­spite the pan­demic, a sur­vey by Busi­ness Gate­way sug­gests.

While the cur­rent health emer­gency and its im­pact are a con­cern for 80 per cent of re­spon­dents across Scot­land, some two-thirds (67 per cent) of those who in­di­cated they were some­what likely to start a busi­ness said they were “se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing” go­ing it alone within the next six months.

Mo­ti­va­tions that in­di­vid­u­als gave for star ting a busi - ness in­cluded want­ing to be their own boss, do­ing some­thing they en­joy do­ing and ex­ploit­ing an op­por­tu­nity in a sec­tor or in­dus­try. Th­ese fac­tors were more in­flu­en­tial than Covid or Brexit, al­though th­ese were cited as sec­ondary in­flu­ences.

The in­dus­tries where peo - ple hoped to start a busi­ness were var­ied and in­cluded food and drink (9 per­cent ), fi­nan­cial and busi­ness ser­vices (8 per cent) and retail and whole­sale (also 8 per cent).

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