Sunday, August 18, 2019
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Skye's "capital", Portree, finds itself in Scotland's top twenty when it comes to high levels of self-employment.

It was ranked 16th in a study carried out by The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) who found that such areas were also likely to have higher standards of wealth.

The FSB used census data to analyse self-employment in 479 towns.

It has now released interactive maps detailing differences in self-employment levels across Scotland which can be seen by following the SkyeTimes link.

Andy Willox, FSB's Scottish policy convener, said: "The great differences we see in levels of self-employment across Scotland tell a story about the country we live in.

"This data shows the most successful local communities have high numbers of people who are their own boss.
"Unsurprisingly, popular tourist destinations are awash with smaller firms. Scotland's market towns still have thriving business communities too."

He added: "We find high levels of unemployment and low self-employment in towns that bear the scars of Scotland's industrial decline, suggesting that poverty is a barrier to self-employment and the social mobility that comes with it.

"Research shows that you're less likely to set up on your own if you have few skills; have little in the way of cash reserves; if you don't have a car or own your home."

Responding to the report, a Scottish government spokesperson said: "Through the Scottish EDGE Fund we are actively supporting and celebrating our nation's future entrepreneurial successes which has already seen over £8m awarded to over 200 businesses, fuelling new jobs and leveraging further investment for growth across Scotland."

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