The paper presents an overview and analysis of company acquisition activity in Scotland over the period 2003-12. An acquisition remains a rare avenue for company growth, and data demonstrates that Scottish companies are less likely to acquire other companies, or be bought, than those in other comparable countries. Scottish companies are also less likely to be involved in international acquisition activity. Company motivations for pursuing acquisition as a growth model appear to relate to speed and risk and include: securing investment, accessing skills and knowledge, expanding products and services ranges, quicker entry to new markets and being able to compete for larger contracts. This research demonstrates that acquisition activity can be an important trigger for sustained growth for Scottish companies.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Nov 2014|
- Scottish company growth
- company acquisitions
- Scottish economic growth