Business statistics - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 03 March 2014 | Standard notes SN06152

Amended 11 March 2014

Authors: Chris Rhodes

Topic: Economic situation, Small businesses

• In 2013, there were 4.9 million businesses in the UK.

• Over 99% of businesses are Small or Medium Sized businesses – employing 0-249 people

• 4.7 million or 95% of businesses were micro-businesses – employing 0-9 people. Micro-businesses accounted for 32% of employment and 18% of turnover.

• In London, there were 1,266 businesses per 10,000 resident adults. In the North East there were 633 per 10,000 resident adults.

• The service industries accounted for 72% of businesses, 78% of employment and 68% of turnover.

• The manufacturing sector accounted for 6% of businesses, 11% of employment and 17% of turnover.

• There were 270,000 business births in 2012 and 255,000 business deaths.

• • 18% of SMEs are female led, and 20% of FTSE100 board members are female.

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