Economic Impact Report 2010

03 May 2010

1 Introduction

1.1 Verso Economics was commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) to
undertake a study of the contribution that Scotch Whisky producers make to the Scottish economy. The study updates a previous report (DTZ Pieda Consulting, January 2003) which demonstrated the economic impact of Scotch Whisky production during the year 2000.

1.2 This report shows the economic impact of Scotch Whisky during the year 2008. The economic impact calculations are based on a survey of the SWA membership, data published by the Scottish Government and data regularly collected and published by the SWA.

1.3 Thirteen SWA members provided responses to the economic impact survey covering over 90% of employment in the Scotch Whisky industry. A small number of estimates for SWA members were made where survey information was not available. Headline information for non-members was provided by the SWA and more detailed analysis has been grossed up to the overall population figures covering members and non-members.