Midlothian has 22,600 enterprises, small businesses account for 58% of the workforce. Many of these are artists, craftsman, and makers such as Master craftsman Tom Cooper and fine artists Sandra Vick. Get to know some of our makers.
BBC folk awards winners Martin Green and Karine Polwart both call Midlothian home. Indie folk band Chameleon Lady are also a Midlothian band. There are many more celebrated musicians in our region, like Harpist Corrina Hewat, and organisations that support music development for young people, such as Friday Night Youth Project and Burntout Records. Learn about MiM Music
Sir Walter Scott wrote the novel The Heart of Midlothian while in Midlothian. Poet Andrew Dodds lived in Midlothian and wrote poems, like The Lothian Land which was recently put to music by Corrina Hewat. Our county is also home to current authors, such as Lea Taylor (Midlothian Folk Tales) Rebecca McKinney (Siren Song), Samantha Cochrane (Upside Down) and Susan Cohen (The Wee Book Company).