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Business statistics

Published Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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 2017, there were 5.7 million businesses in the UK.
  • Over 99% of businesses are Small or Medium Sized businesses – employing 0-249 people
  • 5 million (96%) businesses were micro-businesses – employing 0-9 people. Micro-businesses accounted for 33% of employment and 22% of turnover.
  • In London, there were 1,519 businesses per 10,000 resident adults. In the North East there were 657 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 15% of turnover.
  • There were 414,000 business births and 328,000 business deaths in 2015.

Commons Briefing papers SN06152

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Small businesses

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