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Release: Business Demography, 2012

Released: 27 November 2013


Karen Watkins

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Categories: Bankruptcy, Business Births, Business Deaths, Business Survival Rates, Insolvency, Mergers and Acquisitions, Businesses by Industry Sector, Businesses by Region, Small and Medium Enterprises, Structure of Businesses, Changes to Businesses, Locations of Businesses, Businesses, Business and Energy

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

  • The number of business births increased by 8,000 (3.1 %) between 2011 and 2012.

  • The number of business deaths increased by 25,000 (11.0%) between 2011 and 2012.

  • In 2012 the births of new businesses (270,000) was greater than business deaths (255,000).

  • The move towards economic recovery has seen birth rates being higher than death rates from 2011, but the gap has narrowed in 2012.

  • London had the highest business birth rate at 14.8% and the highest death rate at 11.7%. Apart from London the number of birth and deaths by region were similar. 

  • In broad industry terms, accommodation and food services had the highest death rate, at 13.3%.

In this release

This statistical bulletin contains headline figures and commentary from the Business Demography 2012 publication. This product includes births, deaths and survivals of UK enterprises. The active stock of businesses is also shown, so that birth and death rates can be calculated.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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