Exports provide a vital source of growth. Scotland's Economic Strategy emphasises that exports are key to rebalancing Scotland’s economy. As well as having positive implications in terms of the resilience and sustainability of economic growth, there is evidence that companies that are exposed to international investment and competition become more productive.
The indicator measures the percentage of Scottish SME employers (those with 1 to 249 employees) who sell goods or services outside of the UK. Criteria for dashboard recent performance colour: If change is within +/- 2 percentage point this suggests that the position is within measurement error and is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 2 percentage point or more suggests that the position is improving, whereas a decrease of 2 percentage point or more suggests that the position is worsening.
This indicator is published in the Small Business Survey Scotland 2014 report: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Economy/ASBS