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Business statistics

Published Monday, December 7, 2015

Businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business. It also features some discussion of the sources of business statistics and their coverage.

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This note presents a statistical analysis of businesses in the UK.

It includes information on the number of businesses since 2000, small businesses, business by region, businesses by industry, business births and deaths and information on female representation in business. It also features some discussion of the sources of business statistics and their coverage.

Businesses in the UK since 2000

  • In 2015, there were 5.4 million businesses in the UK.
  • Over 99% of businesses are Small or Medium Sized businesses – employing 0-249 people
  • 1 million (95%) businesses were micro-businesses – employing 0-9 people. Micro-businesses accounted for 33% of employment and 18% of turnover.
  • In London, there were 1,434 businesses per 10,000 resident adults. In the North East there were 629 per 10,000 resident adults.
  • The service industries accounted for 74% of businesses, 79% of employment and 71% of turnover.
  • The manufacturing sector accounted for 5% of businesses, 10% of employment and 16% of turnover.
  • There were 351,000 business births and 246,000 business deaths in 2014.
  • 20% of SMEs are female led, and in October 2015 it was announced that 26% of FTSE100 board members were female.

Commons Briefing papers SN06152

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Small businesses

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