The Government Economic Strategy sets out a framework which establishes an economic environment that provides an opportunity for all companies - large or small, Scottish or international, new or old, or social enterprises - to be successful.
However, certain sectors offer particular opportunities for growth - in all or part of that sector - due to existing comparative advantages or through the potential to capitalise on Scotland's unique natural assets. These are sectors where Scotland typically has distinctive capabilities and businesses with the potential to be internationally successful.
A series of reports have been published which describe the structure and performance of each of the growth sectors of the Scottish economy. The reports summarise public sector interventions and known challenges and opportunities facing the growth sectors.
The latest economic facts on these sectors are available on the Growth Sector Statistics Database.
The Scottish Government is also seeking to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Scotland's strengths in public sector dominated industries, including education and healthcare.