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Boom in British start-up companies is bright spot for the economy

Boom in British start-up companies is bright spot for the economy
Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation
Enterprise Nation

Posted: Mon 9th Jan 2023

2022 was another record year for company registrations in the UK, according to an analysis by small business support platform Enterprise Nation.

While many will point to the rise of so-called zombie companies and the high level of dissolutions, the relentless upwards trend in these figures is an indicator of the UK's growing entrepreneurial aspiration, the company said.

According to data published this month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in 2022, 784,762 businesses were registered at Companies House, that's almost 30,000 more than in 2021 and 114,000 more recorded annually pre-pandemic. In 2019 670,575 businesses were registered.

Emma Jones, CBE, founder of membership organisation Enterprise Nation, said: "Amidst the doom and gloom and straitened times we find ourselves in, the British enthusiasm for entrepreneurship continues to grow.

"We know that these figures are not a perfect reflection of the UK's start-up community, but they do tally with our own research and new membership data so far this year.

"For example, we've already seen a dramatic increase in new members -- up 78 per cent on this time last year.

"Despite being constantly bombarded with an unrelentingly bleak economic outlook and the news that many businesses are struggling with energy bills, skills and labour shortages and an increasing tax burden -- people still have not been deterred from starting a business. In fact, the opposite is true."

A survey Enterprise Nation commissioned earlier this year showed around a third of UK adults were considering starting a business in 2023.

Ten years ago in 2013 the UK hit the milestone of 500,000 registrations for the first time, by the end of this year it is expected to hit 800,000, an increase of 60 per cent.

There are currently 5.5 m businesses in the UK. Around 96 per cent of these are start-ups, early-stage micro firms and sole traders.

Emma added: "Start-ups really are the bright spot in the business world right now. Without an adequate supply of fresh innovation and talent, we will never be able to build the future we want to see.

"These businesses are starting out with sustainable principles at their core. They are naturally energy-saving, they are purpose-driven and they are tech-enabled. Evidence points to the fact that firms that start-up in a downturn have resilience built in.

"But they need access to support. Most people starting-up are brilliant at what they do -- but they might not be great at actually running a business."

Enterprise Nation runs free business support programmes in collaboration with partners including StartUp UK, a free support and e-learning initiative we run with Monzo, or business.connected, free digital support in collaboration with Vodafone, Sage and

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About Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a business support platform and provider delivering support to more than 700,000 small businesses every year. Its aim is to help people turn their good ideas into great businesses through expert advice, events, acceleration support and networking.

Enterprise Nation was founded in 2005 by British entrepreneur Emma Jones CBE, also co-founder of national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain. She is author of best-selling business books and is a frequently called-on and regular media commentator on a range of issues which affect the UK's growing number of SMEs.

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