Historic Houses make a major economic, cultural and social contribution to the Scottish economy worth millions of pounds per year, according to a definitive new study published today.
The Historic Houses Association (HHA) commissioned an independent study into the economic, cultural and social contribution of independently owned historic houses and gardens in the UK, with specific results for Scotland.
DC Research, who carried out the study, used data from 821 of the 1,613 HHA members and were able to extrapolate figures representative of the whole membership. Key Scottish figures highlighted in the report include:
- Visit Britain statistics quoted in the report show the Scottish visitor economy received 2.7 million trips from overseas, which alongside just over 21 million nights, accounted for spend of £1.84bn.
- There were a further 127 million domestic day visits for Scotland, as well as 41.6 million nights, together accounting for spend in 2014 of £7.9bn.
- In 2014 there were almost 7 million visitors to member properties in Scotland.
- The report concludes that member properties in Scotland employ 2,591 people, equivalent to 1,619 FTEs.
- The total value of procurement spend in Scotland by HHA members is assessed to be over £20million.
- Local supplies or services purchased from an estimated 3585 businesses in local areas to historic properties.
- The estimated Annual Value of Expenditure on regular repairs and maintenance in Scotland is £12,665,217
Andrew Hopetoun, Chair of Historic Houses Association for Scotland said, “This robust independent study clearly demonstrates the very substantial contribution made by historic properties in Scotland as well as the pressures they face. In addition to being part of Scotland’s heritage, the hard evidence shows that historic house businesses play a key role in ensuring that Scotland is an attractive international and domestic destination. We hope this study will clearly show that historic house owners support local economies and employment across the country and that their properties are a key part of Scotland’s future.”