The Government Economic Strategy (GES) 2011 defines the Growth Sectors (GS) to be:
- Food & Drink (including agriculture & fisheries)
- Creative Industries (including digital)
- Sustainable Tourism, Energy (including renewables)
- Financial & Business Services
- Life Sciences
The Growth Sectors follow on from the Key Sectors as defined in GES 2007. The Key Sectors were defined using Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2003 codes. SIC codes are used to classify business establishments by the main type of economic activity in which they are engaged. The SIC 2003 codes were replaced by new SIC 2007 codes, which better describe the economy as it is now. Therefore the Growth Sectors have been redefined on a SIC 2007 basis.
Growth Sector Statistics are available here.