Return of the meme! 8% of the population but 38% of the food and drink exports. How would Scotland survive?


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In Insider today:

‘Value of whisky exports rises 7.8% as Scotland’s food and drink sold abroad brings in record £6.3 billion. Total exports increased by £293 million in 2018, a 4.9% rise, according to HMRC. Food exports have grown by 125% since 2007.’

Total UK food and drink exports for year ending 2018 were worth £16.4 billion.

It’s been a while since the last appearance of the 8% meme, so:

8% of the population but 13% of the hotel investment

8% of the population, nearly 9% of the exports but only 5.25% of the imports

Return of the meme? Only 8% of the population but Scotland has 21.7% of all independent renewable projects in the UK

Still 8% of the population but now 30% of UK food and drink exports?

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

With only 8% of the population, Scotland’s maritime sector accounts for 25% of the UK maritime sector’s (GVA) contribution to the economy and is 17.5% more productive than the UK marine oil and gas sector. Once more, too wee, too poor?

Once again, it’s the ‘8% of the UK population but much more of something good’ meme. This time it’s 33% of employee-owned firms in the UK


3 thoughts on “Return of the meme! 8% of the population but 38% of the food and drink exports. How would Scotland survive?

  1. Bugger (the Panda) March 15, 2019 / 8:59 am

    8% population but (only 9%) OF exports, anf 6.45 % of imports?

    I smell a ports attribution error hete

    Whisky stats are solid ss the can be cross checked agsinst C &, E figures and SWA stats.

    Smaller companie without that sort of solid stats probably see tbeir products being vlassed by Geographical Exit Point.

    Sim the r
    low imports probably stat pronsbly reflects the opposite.


    • gavin March 15, 2019 / 11:28 am

      The “Rotterdam Effect”.
      50,000 tonnes of salmon flown from Heathrow (why isn’t Prestwick snaffling this business?)—is it a Scottish or English export?

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