New figures published today show between April 2011 and June 2020 more than 13,000 jobseekers in Scotland used support from their local Jobcentre and the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme, to launch their own business.
The top counties in the region with the most entrepreneurs include Glasgow with 2,200 start-ups; Fife with 1,050; and Edinburgh with 1,000.
Launched in 2011, there has been over a quarter of million NEA starts by unemployed benefit claimants which has helped turn aspirations into reality, offering participants a personal business mentor, weekly living allowance and applicants can apply for financial backing of up to £25,000 to realise the ambitions for their start-up.
Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said:
UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: