Sharp rise in the number of tattoo parlours launching across the UK

  • 112 per cent increase in the number of tattoo start-ups since 2009
  • Scotland and London lead the UK for new tattoo shops
  • Social media gives celebrities platform to lead trend

With increasingly daring celebrity body art on show in the media, coupled with a new trend for tweeting and sharing pictures online, it is little surprise that figures have revealed a boom in the number of tattoo parlours coming to the high street.

According to new data from online business insurance provider, Simply Business, based on over 250,000 quote requests, there has been a 112 per cent increase in tattoo start-ups over the past three years.

Celebrities including Chris Brown, Rhianna and Selena Gomez are among the latest to flaunt their new designs on social media over the last two months. Following the impact of heavily-inked populist predecessors, such as David Beckham, the tattoo trade appears to have undergone a renaissance in recent years.

The tattoo craze has taken Scotland and Greater London by a storm, with insurance quotes for start-up tattoo shops increasing by 388 and 263 per cent respectively between 2009 and 2012. East Anglia and Wales closely follow behind having seen a 197 and 174 per cent increase over the same period.

Jason Stockwood, CEO, Simply Business says: “Using data gleaned from the thousands of businesses that we quote each week, we are able to gain a unique insight and track trends developing on the UK high street. With the social perception of tattoos changing as a result of media, celebrity and fashion trends, it’s good to see the enterprising spirit of entrepreneurs and start-ups shining through as they respond to the evolving demands of the modern consumer.”

Year-on-Year comparisons:

  • 2009-2010 +44.9%
  • 2010-2011 +50%
  • 2011-2012 -2.7%

Three Year Change:

  • 2009-2012 +112%

Top 5 regions for tattoo start-ups

Regions 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 Three Year Change
Scotland 99% 87% 31% 388%
Greater London 383% -22% -3% 263%
East Anglia 123% 11% 20% 197%
Wales 74% 111% -25% 174%
North East 104% -11% 41% 157%

For further information, please contact:

Sophie Howard / Ben Jenkins
+44 20 7009 3128 / +44 20 7009 814

About Simply Business

Simply Business is the UK’s biggest business insurance provider, specialising in public liability insurance for SMEs and landlord insurance.

Launched in 2005, Simply Business provides an online brokerage service delivering policies tailored to individual business requirements. It has a team of UK based insurance specialists and employs almost 300 people across offices in London and Northampton.

Simply Business provides insurance to more than 400,000 UK SMEs and landlords and owing to its internal underwriting capability can cover over 1,000 trade types. It has been a Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company for the past three years and was recently named in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA. Revenues have grown from £4.2 million in 2006, to £25.4 million in 2014, and the company has been named 2015 and 2016 winners of The Sunday Times’ Best Company to Work For.