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 2017, 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.

Discover how each city fares for each criteria below…

The start-up ecosystem and quality of life

quality of life Average property price: £183,396

Average crime rate: 84.23

 

City Business population New start-ups Business closures Survival rate (%) Property prices (£) Crime rates (per 1000)
Aberdeen 10,230 1,090 1,055 46.00 £205,365 60.8
Belfast 10,590 1,165 800 37.00 £112,287
Birmingham 37,200 7,310 4,030 36.00 £234,770 68.35
Brighton 14,765 2,115 1,460 46.00 £285,206 80.99
Bristol 19,225 2,795 1,825 43.00 £412,090 98.50
Cambridge 5,295 3,410 490 49.00 £217,252 87.23
Canterbury 5,560 700 545 38.00 £219,026 56.37
Cardiff 12,090 1,800 1,195 40.00 £154,197 91.67
Coventry 10,520 1,865 1,045 39.00 £120,000 62.85
Edinburgh 20,260 3,055 2,070 37.00 £228,240 73.1
Glasgow 20,235 3,185 2,335 39.00 £140,426 85.2
Hull 6,445 870 630 36.00 £072,255 101.94
Leeds 28,905 4,315 2,785 42.00 £234,920 83.45
Leicester 11,860 1,915 1,275 40.00 £120,136 82.93
Liverpool 14,055 2,435 1,560 38.00 £201,680 90.86
Manchester 21,815 4,190 2,675 36.00 £238,050 109.39
Milton Keynes 12,975 2,225 1,240 41.00 £189623 70.57
Newcastle 8,695 1,260 930 39.00 £121,456 80.2
Norwich 5,110 620 535 44.oo £163,304 94.67
Nottingham 9,485 1,400 1,075 40.00 £089,784 101.02
Oxford 5,265 685 480 45.00 £296,476 30.71
Plymouth 6,470 875 780 42.00 £136,071 171.83
Sheffield 16,905 2,285 1,750 42.00 £125,832 68.19
Southampton 7,380 1,385 825 40.00 £157,914 102.45
Swansea 6,730 890 740 38.00 £108,549 68.19
*Business population (number of active businesses 2015), Number of new start-ups (new businesses launched in 2015), business closures (number of business deaths in 2015), survival rates (percentage of new enterprises started in 2010 still trading in 2015, figures rounded): Business Demography Report, published 23 November 2016 (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 talent Average commercial rent cost Grade B:£15.83

(10.764 = £ per sq. m)


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City Broadband speed Number of student grads Number of domicile graduates Commercial rent cost Grade B (10.764=£ per sq.m)
Aberdeen 16.9 83.40% 88.80% £18.00
Belfast 33.6 91.90% 78.70% £16.00
Birmingham 28.8 54.70% 69.00% £22.50
Brighton 33.3 48.10% 64.10% £17.00
Bristol 33.8 48.10% 64.1% £25.00
Cambridge 23.5 50.90% 55.60% £16.00
Canterbury 21 43.10% 60.10% £13.50
Cardiff 30.2 59.50% 73.1% £16.50
Coventry 25.3 54.70% 69.00% £11.00
Edinburgh 30.3 83.40% 88.80% £20.00
Glasgow 23.1 83.40% 88.80% £20.00
Hull 14.1  –  –
Leeds 25.3 48.50% 71.50% £21.75
Leicester 23.2 39.20% 61.00% £10.00
Liverpool 27.8 66.00% 77.2% £12.50
Manchester 24 66.00% 77.2% £24.50
Milton Keynes 21.4 43.10% 60.10% £12.00
Newcastle 25.2 55.10% 76.2% £15.00
Norwich 17 50.90% 55.60% £10.00
Nottingham 31.4 39.20% 61.00% £12.50
Oxford 22.5 43.10% 60.10% £14.50
Plymouth 31.8 48.10% 64.10% £11.00
Sheffield 20.9 48.50% 71.50% £12.00
Southampton 27.8 43.10% 60.10% £13.00
Swansea 27.7  –  –
*Broadband speed: Average broadband speed (M/bits) (Ofcom)
Number of student graduates and domicile graduates staying in the area (HESCU’s Graduate Market Trends report 2016)
Commercial rent cost Grade B (Colliers’ Office Rents Map – figures £ per sq.m for each location as of June 2016. Grade B rents apply to second-hand units built during the 1990s.)

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