How Does Your Region Compare?


Start-ups are the life blood of the economy. We thought it would be useful to provide an easy-to-use analysis looking at both the UK as a whole, and a regional breakdown. Use this map to compare how well your area is doing in terms of start-up vibrancy, the top performing sectors and a few key insights into emerging patterns across sectors and regions.

National Statistics 2013

Total businesses in UK:
3,854,875
Number of Start-ups in UK:
281,262
Vibrancy:
7.3%
(Start-ups as a % of all businesses)
Top 3 regions for vibrancy
  1. London
    9.0%
  2. East Midlands
    8.3%
  3. East Anglia
    7.5%
Bottom 3 regions for vibrancy
  1. Northern Ireland
    5.6%
  2. South West
    5.7%
  3. South East
    6.4%
Top 5 sectors for Start-ups
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
  4. Garage Services
  5. Cafes
Top 5 sectors for All Businesses
  1. Builders
  2. Garage Services
  3. Pubs, Bars & Inns
  4. Mixed Farming
  5. Take Away Food Shops

5 Take Outs

North

A Case for HS3? 19% of Start-Ups are in the North

Perhaps unsurprisingly, London performs best in terms of outright numbers of start-ups with 27% (76,742) of the UK’s total start-ups. This is way ahead of the next best region, the South East, which has 14% (39,285) of the total.

However, combining start-ups across the north (North East, North West, and Yorkshire and Humber = 53,421) creates a strong regional hub with 19% of the total start-ups.

Regional Hotspots

We’re Retiring in the North East and Accounting in the South East

There are some interesting regional hotspots across the UK. Retirement homes in the North East, and accountants in the South East may be reflective of particular regional strengths or the demographic in each area.

East Midlands Rivalling London for Vibrancy

When it comes to a measure of vibrancy, however, the picture is a lot closer. London still leads the way with 9% of all businesses being start-ups, but the East Midlands is not far behind with 8.3%. Northern Ireland (5.6%) and the South West (5.8%) are the least vibrant areas in terms of start-ups in the UK.

New Sectors

Number of Builders Reflect a Nation Emerging from Recession

The most common sector for start-ups nationally is building. This could perhaps reflect the government’s policy to increase the number of homes for our growing and ageing population. Other top sectors include electricians and garages, with plumbers makings a strong appearance in Wales and the South West, too. The rise of these traditional trades again supports the notion of recovery after the recession.

Regional Stereotypes

Time for Tea in the North West: Regional Stereotypes Stay True

There are some interesting regional variations in terms of the most popular sectors for starting a business. London for example, show a city of growth with builders and business and management consultants, whilst more genteel cafes and tea rooms make a strong appearance in the North West.

All data has been supplied by Experian pH based on 281,262 real start-ups within the UK in 2013. The official Companies House figure is 500,000, but Experian pH use other data sources and indicators to identify those that are active. Although every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information in this article, we cannot guarantee that its content will always be current, accurate or complete.

National average 2013

Northern Ireland 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
4,042
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
5.6%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Northern Ireland
  1. Builders
  2. Places Of Worship
  3. Cafes, Snack Bars & Tea Rooms

National average 2013

Scotland 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
16,879
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
6.9%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Scotland
  1. Take Away Food Shops
  2. Garage Services
  3. Builders

National average 2013

North West 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
28,345
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.2%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups North West
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Cafes, SNack Bars & Tea Rooms

National average 2013

North East 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
7,477
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.2%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups North East
  1. Take Away Food Shops
  2. Electricians
  3. Rest & Retirement Homes

National average 2013

Yorkshire & The Humber 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
17,599
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
6.6%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Yorkshire & The Humber
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians

National average 2013

Wales 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
9,241
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Wales
  1. Builders
  2. Electricians
  3. Plumbers

National average 2013

West Midlands 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
21,893
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.1%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups West Midlands
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians

National average 2013

East Midlands 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
16,137
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
8.3%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups East Midlands
  1. Garage Services
  2. Electricians
  3. Builders

National average 2013

East Anglia 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
24,759
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.51%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups East Anglia
  1. Builders
  2. Electricians
  3. Garage Services

National average 2013

South West 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
18,863
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
5.7%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups South West
  1. Builders
  2. Plumbers
  3. Electricians

National average 2013

South East 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
39,285
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
6.4%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups South East
  1. Builders
  2. Garage Services
  3. Accountants

National average 2013

London 2013

Total Start-ups:
281,262
Total Start-ups:
76,742
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
7.3%
Vibrancy (Start-ups as a % of all businesses):
9.0%
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups Nationwide
  1. Builders
  2. Take Away Food Shops
  3. Electricians
Top 3 Sectors for Start-ups London
  1. Builders
  2. Business & Management Consultants
  3. Take Away Food Shops