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Love rats beware! Female private investigators on the rise

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31 May 2012

• New private investigator businesses up by 25 per cent in the UK
• 48 per cent rise in female detectives

Cheating couples should beware, as figures show the number of new private investigators has increased by 25 per cent in the last year, with female detectives in particular seeing a whopping 48 per cent rise.

The data released by Simply Business, the UK’s largest business insurance provider, suggests that aspiring sleuths are responding to increased demand from people looking to dig the dirt on cheating partners.

Michelle Mone, founder of Ultimo Bras, and Maria Shriver, former wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, are just two recent examples of wives using private eyes to catch their husbands in the act.

The figures, based on over 250,000 quote requests received by Simply Business, show that private detectives are particular prevalent in Northern Ireland, the East Midlands and South East England. Top towns include Salisbury, Coventry and Dorchester.

Interestingly, it is younger women between the ages of 25 and 34 that form the largest group of new female private investigators in the UK (43 per cent), while male detectives tend to fall within the slightly older 45 to 54 category (33 per cent).

Jason Stockwood, CEO of Simply Business, commented:

“At Simply Business we have a comprehensive view of the small business and start-up market as we quote thousands of new businesses a week. We can see what professions are growing in popularity and we were fascinated to see that there has been a marked increase in people wanting to become private detectives.
“With government figures showing divorces are on the rise, it seems more and more people are trying to get the upper hand through hiring a professional to spy on their partner. Our findings suggest people are taking advantage of this trend to set up as private eyes.”

Top ten towns for private investigator start-ups:

1

Salisbury

2

Coventry

3

Dorchester

4

Luton

5

Oldham

6

Peterborough

7

Llandudno

8

Reading

9

Hemel Hempstead

10

Southend on Sea


Top ten regions for private investigator start-ups:

1

Northern Ireland

2

East Midlands

3

South East

4

West Midlands

5

North West

6

South West

7

Wales

8

North East

9

Greater London

10

Scotland

About Simply Business

Simply Business is the UK’s largest business insurance broker.

Launched in 2005, Simply Business provides tailored insurance products and services to landlords and small to medium size businesses. Due to its extensive internal underwriting capability, Simply Business can cover over 1,000 different trade types and currently insures almost 200,000 customers across the UK. A Sunday Times Tech Track 100 company for the past four years and named in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA, Simply Business is a profitable company, which has grown revenues from £4.2 million in 2006, to £16.1 million in 2010.

Simply Business' has a team of 150 insurance specialists based in offices in London and Northampton. The company also provides business insurance services to price comparison sites such as Moneysupermarket.com and Gocompare.com.
 

For further information, please contact:

Sophie Howard / Ben Jenkins
+44 20 7009 3128 / +44 20 7009 814
Simplybusiness@3-monkeys.co.uk

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