UK hits record 500,000 new businesses for 2013

Findings from StartUp Britain suggest economic climate is looking up

Britain has hit a record with 502,068 businesses launched this year, according to recent findings from national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain.

The figures, which have been analysed by the campaign’s Daily Tracker and are verified by Companies House, report a major increase on the number of UK start-ups launched in previous years, up on 482,224 businesses started in 2012 and 440,600 in 2011.

The announcement supports recent government statistics which found that start-ups represent 95% of the UK’s business landscape.

A full overview of the companies started this year will be available after the figures have been audited in March 2014 but it is predicted that an additional 21,000 new businesses will launch by the end of 2013.

Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain, commented on the news:

“We’ve been looking at these figures carefully for three years since the campaign began and it’s clear the UK’s start-up community is fit and healthy – and shows no sign of abating.”

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