Start-up business record smashed in 2014

Company registrations at Companies House hit record high in 2014, indicating growing appetite for starting a business

2014 was a bumper year for new businesses figures released by StartUp Britain reveal, following research run by think tank Centre for Entrepreneurs.

A record breaking 581,173 businesses were registered with Companies House last year showing an accelerated increase on previous years with 526,447 and 484,224 recorded in 2013 and 2012 respectively.

Unsurprisingly, Greater London leads the charge for small and medium sized enterprises with 184,671 registered, but Britain’s second biggest cities show there is thriving entrepreneurial spirit elsewhere in the country with 18,337 in Birmingham and 13,054 in Manchester.

While not all company registrations will result in the launch of a new business, the figures serve as an indication of the appetite there is for people starting their own businesses.

In further positive news for the health of Britain’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of firms dropping out of the Companies House register has fallen 6%, from 253,000 to 238,000.

Commenting on the figures, serial entrepreneur, investor and chairman of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, Luke Johnson said. “Starting a business is easier, quicker and cheaper than ever thanks to new technology.

“Entrepreneurs have higher profiles than in the past and are seen as role models. Traditional jobs for life have largely disappeared, as have occupational pensions.”

CityStart-up Numbers
Greater London184,671
Birmingham18,337
Manchester13,054
Brighton8,344
Glasgow8,173
Bristol8,130
Sheffield8,052
Nottingham7,641
Warrington7,529
Edinburgh7,480
Coventry7,059
Leeds6,778
Leicester6,763
Reading6,759
Belfast6,369
Cardiff6,327
Guildford6,146
Liverpool6,032
Portsmouth5,988
Chelmsford5,878
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne5,840
Northampton5,813
Stockport5,503

 

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