Crowds of British entrepreneurs have broken records in 2012, with start-up businesses up by almost ten per cent, according to figures revealed by StartUp Britain.
Research by the national enterprise campaign showed that last year 484,224 businesses were started, compared to 440,600 in 2011. "These figures are hot off the press, they are unaudited at the moment, but what it's telling us is that there was a clear increase in start-up rates in 2012," said Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones
, who is also a co-founder of StartUp Britain. "Small and start-up business are the driving force of the British economy and we have seen plenty to celebrate over 2012. Times are hard yes, but it never ceases to amaze us when we see resourceful Britons making business ideas come to life in difficult times. "We've seen this at colleges and universities as part of the StartUp Britain national tour, at industry weeks, and on the high street as we've filled empty shops with budding start-ups as part of PopUp Britain
. "We're looking forward to supporting more British businesses in 2013." StartUp Britain's Daily tracker is an online tool that reveals the number of businesses registered with Companies House on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. The numbers are verified by Companies House and 2012's figures will be audited in March 2013.
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