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West Lothian's Economic Profile

West Lothian's economy is worth over £4.5 billion per annum. Multinationals, indigenous scale-ups and early-stage start-ups form a vibrant and competitive business base.

The modern West Lothian economy has been built on a diverse range of sectors but is now characterised by life sciences, engineering, construction, food & drink, distribution, aerospace, retail, software development and renewables.

Unemployment is typically below both Scotland and UK levels with the competitive wage around Scotland's average rate. 

We are proud to be the long-term home for companies including Sky Television, Q2, Mitsubishi, Aldi, Glenmorangie and Valneva.  Just some of our largest employers with deep roots in West Lothian.      

Regional Skills Assessment

The Regional Skills Assessments (RSAs) provide a coherent evidence base to inform future investment in skills, built up from existing datasets and forecasts.

RSAs are developed by SDS using a range of trusted sources to show current and future economic contribution as well as current and future skills demand.

The latest RSA infographic for West Lothian can be found at the link below.

The following data has been extracted from the latest SDS RSA Report:

West Lothian - Scotland's Hub

Are you considering a new location for your business? With excellent transport links, a strong economy, highly skilled people and a quality lifestyle and working environment, West Lothian is the perfect location.

Click below to learn more about why West Lothian is Scotland's Hub.

West Lothian Economic Investment Plan

West Lothian Council is looking to develop a new 10-year Economic Investment Plan for West Lothian which will develop a new vision to target resources in a way to further grow and transform the West Lothian economy and to maximise the economic competitiveness of the region.

West Lothian’s business community – its SMEs, social enterprises, and large employers – have a crucial role to play in supporting the region’s economic ambitions. Your input will help West Lothian Council and partners to shape an Economic Investment Plan that reflects the views and aspirations of employers in West Lothian.

Have your say by completing the short survey below (this takes approximately 10 minutes).

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