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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10027: Clare Haughey (Rutherglen)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 29 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what information it holds regarding the growth of microbreweries in Scotland, and how many people are employed in this sector.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 31 July 2017

The Scottish Government does not have access to specific information on the growth of microbreweries in Scotland due to the structure of the Standard Industrial Classification.

For statistical purposes, data is collected for businesses where their main activity is in the manufacture of beer. The following tables set out the number of enterprises and number of employees within the category of Manufacture of Beer Enterprises by employee size band in Scotland for the period March 2011-2016. This data is sourced from the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR). The IDBR, maintained by the Office for National Statistics, is a database of all enterprises registered for VAT and/or PAYE. Those excluded are small businesses with no employees and an annual turnover below the VAT threshold (£82,000 as at March 2016).

 

Number of 'Manufacture of Beer' enterprises by employee sizeband*, Scotland March2011-2016

Employee Size

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

0-9 Employees

30

40

45

55

60

75

10+ Employees

10

10

10

10

15

15

Total

40

50

55

70

75

90

 

Employment in 'Manufacture of Beer' enterprises by employee sizeband*, Scotland March2011 - 2016

Employment Size

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

0-9 Employees

^

110

120

160

190

190

10+employees

^

480

520

560

620

750

Total

580

590

640

730

810

950

 

Note: Totals may not equal the sum of the consitiuent parts due to rounding.

^ Not available due to confidentiality constraints

* Sizeband is based on the number of employees that the enterprise employs across the UK