If the UK were 100 businesses…

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Small businesses…

  • …make up 99.6% of businesses in the UK,
  • contribute 49.8% of the UK’s GDP,
  • and employ 60% of the UK workforce.
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If the UK were 100 businesses…

Ownership Number
Women 18
Men 82
Location Number
England 86
Scotland 7
Wales 4
Northern Ireland 3
Industry Number
Professional, scientific & technical 17
Construction 12
Retail 8
Information & communication 8
Business admin & support 7
Arts & entertainment 7
Agriculture, forestry & fishing 6
Production 6
Accommodation & food 6
Wholesale 5
Property 4
Health 4
Motor trades 3
Transport & storage 3
Finance & insurance 2
Education 2
Age of business Number
Less than 2 years old 17
2 - 3 years old 13
4 - 9 years old 26
10 or more years old 44
Turnover Number
Less than £100k 42
£100k - £1m 49
£1m - £5m 7
£5m or more 2
Number of employees Number
Fewer than 5 employees 76
5 - 9 employees 13
10 - 49 employees 9
50 employees or more 2

Sources

Notes

Statistics for the ‘100 businesses’ breakdowns are based on data for registered businesses only, i.e. those that are registered for VAT and/or PAYE. This data was not available for businesses that are not registered for VAT and/or PAYE.

Statistics about the contribution of small businesses to the economy on the final page are based on registered and non-registered businesses, so includes nonemployer businesses that aren’t subject to VAT. This data was not available for registered businesses only.

Small businesses in the UK are defined as businesses that have up to and including 250 employees.

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