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Business statistics

Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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.

Change in businesses

  • In 2018, there were 5.7 million businesses in the UK, 28,000 than in 2017. This is the first annual fall in the number of business since the series began.

 

  • 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.

Businesses by size

  • In London, there were 1,059 businesses per 10,000 resident adults. In the North East there were 749 per 10,000 resident adults.

 

  • The service industries accounted for 74% of businesses, 79% of employment and 72% of turnover.

 

  • The manufacturing sector accounted for 5% of businesses, 10% of employment and 14% of turnover.

 

  • There were 382,000 business births in 2017, 32,000 fewer than in 2016. There were 357,000 business deaths in 2017.

Commons Briefing papers SN06152

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Small businesses

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