Starting a business: The UK statistics

Discover the essential stats behind the top 25 regional start-up cities, from the start-up ecosystem and quality of life to access to talent and business support

To compile the Start-up Cities Index 2015, the Startups team have gathered data and statistics from a range of credible sources in order to get an accurate picture of the levels of start-up activity across the UK.

From the number of start-ups in each city, to survival rates, and even weekly earnings and working age population, the tables below reflect how each city ranks as an ideal start-up location.

To discover how each city fares per criteria, you can re-order the tables by clicking any of the headings.

The start-up ecosystem and quality of life

quality of lifeAverage property price: £183,396
Average crime rate: 84.23

 

CityBusiness populationNumber of new start-upsBusiness closuresSurvival rate (%)Property prices (£)Crime rates (per 1000)
Aberdeen10120131587545.6£205,36560.8
Belfast952594582536.7£112,287
Birmingham338705295392536.3£234,77068.35
Brighton140402045137545.6£285,20680.99
Bristol182802805171543.4£412,09098.50
Cambridge513067051549.4£217,25287.23
Canterbury540565052538£219,02656.37
Cardiff115151835110540.4£154,19791.67
Coventry98051615102038.6£120,00062.85
Edinburgh191402765186537.2£228,24073.1
Glasgow192802880229038.7£140,42685.2
Hull628088065039.7£072,255101.94
Leeds276254275272541.8£234,92083.45
Leicester112151745119040.1£120,13682.93
Liverpool133102160161038£201,68090.86
Manchester199653525259035.9£238,050109.39
Milton Keynes119501955120541.3£18962370.57
Newcastle8340121097538.6£121,45680.2
Norwich484562547543.6£163,30494.67
Nottingham9020128595039.8£089,784101.02
Oxford505066044544.7£296,47630.71
Plymouth646589081042.1£136,071171.83
Sheffield163202225175541.8£125,83268.19
Southampton6770103583539.8£157,914102.45
Swansea654087570538.3£108,54968.19
*Business population, (number of active businesses), Number of new start-ups (new businesses launched in 2014), business closures (number of business deaths in 2014), survival rates (percentage of new enterprises started in 2009 still trading in 2014): Business Demography Report, published 24 November 2015 (Office for National Statistics)
Property prices: September 2015 statistics (Land Registry), for Scotland June to September 2015 (Registry of Scotland)
Crime rates ( total number of crimes over a 12 month period per thousand residents): June 2015 statistics (Police UK)

Access to talent and business support

business talentAverage weekly earnings: £500

 

CityBroadband speedWorking age populationWeekly earningsUniversitiesAcceleratorsScience parks
Aberdeen16.973800£624211
Belfast33.6£454211
Birmingham28.8194600£479413
Brighton33.397200£571211
Bristol33.8135200£508221
Cambridge23.556800£558210
Canterbury2128100£609401
Cardiff30.2109900£490322
Coventry25.368800£479202
Edinburgh30.3187200£562313
Glasgow23.1168000£497412
Hull14.135200£429101
Leeds25.3172100£495311
Leicester23.266700£458302
Liverpool27.886200£493413
Manchester24132000£467335
Milton Keynes21.459000£559010
Newcastle25.267800£466201
Norwich1733200£470201
Nottingham31.466400£424201
Oxford22.564900£571213
Plymouth31.849000£462101
Sheffield20.9130000£445212
Southampton27.857000£499211
Swansea27.753300£427202
*Broadband speed (average broadband speeds (M/bits)): updated October 2014 (Ofcom)
Working age population (statistics for population with qualifications at NVQ 4 and above): annual population survey 2014 (Office National Statistics)
Weekly earnings: annual survey of hours and earnings 2014 (Office for National Statistics)

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