There’s no denying that an alarming number of local businesses have been forced to close in recent months, but these Edinburgh establishments have defied all the odds to stand the test of time.
Here, we look at 15 Capital-based businessess that have survived long enough to earn “institution status” and are still with us after all these years.
5. Bank of Scotland
Founded by an Act of the Scottish Parliament on 17 July 1695, Bank of Scotland is Edinburgh's oldest business. It is also Scotland's first and oldest bank and one of the very first in the UK. Photo: Getty
6. Cockburns of Leith, Est. 1796
Delivering wine across the nation since 1796, Cockburns of Leith is considered Scotland's oldest surviving wine merchant. Photo: LEWIS HOUGHTON
7. Dofos pet shop, Est. 1953
Established in 1953, Dofos brand itself "Edinburgh's oldest pet shop" Photo: Greg Macvean
8. The Sheep Heid Inn
Duddingston's Sheep Heid Inn is considered to be the oldest pub in all of Scotland. While not a longest-running business as such, there's been a drinking establishment on this site since around 1360 and has served sorts - including the Queen in early 2016. Photo: Third Party