Posted: Fri 5th Aug 2019
The average age of UK business owners is 40 and David is the most popular name, new research reveals.
Analysis of Companies House data by accounting and banking service Countingup found that of the 612,172 businesses incorporated in the year to July, 3,839 were run by people called David, the most popular name.
Michael was the second most enterprising name with 3,235 businesses created while James came third with 2,747 firms.
Male names dominate the list. Looking at businesses registered in July, the first female name is Sarah in 26th place with 217 people.
When it comes to the age of founders, 40 is the average although almost 10,000 businesses have been set up by entrepreneurs over the age of 60 in the past 12 months, with 11 aged 90 or above.
_Name of founders, July 2019:
Rank Name # of founders Rank Name # of founders_
Tim Fouracre, CEO at Countingup, said: "We are a nation of entrepreneurs and it's pleasing to see that more than 600,000 businesses have already been set up in 2019.
"The older entrepreneurs are a group that is often overlooked with much of a focus on the generation Z currently. These two generations are perfectly suited to complement each other in business, so the idea of new concepts like an 'apprentice CEO' shouldn't be dismissed, combining experience with new ways of thinking."
The most popular sector for new businesses in the year to July was management consultancy firms which accounted for 4.06% of all businesses.
Buying, letting and selling of property accounted for 3.12% of businesses, with 932 take-away food shops and mobile food stands set up (1.65%) and 731 hairdressing and beauty companies registered (1.29%)