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Small Businesses

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many small to medium sized businesses there were in each region of the UK in each of the last 20 years. (177513)

The number of small to medium sized businesses in each region of the UK is shown for 1991, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. BERR’s small and medium sized enterprise statistics were only published to the regional level in these years. Regional data for 2007 will be available by the end of 2008.

The number of small to medium sized businesses increased in all regions between 1997 and 2005. Overall, the number of small to medium sized businesses in the UK increased by 635,000 (17 per cent.), from 3,701,070 to 4,336,070 between 1997 and 2005.

Number of small and medium-sized businesses in the UK, by region

19971

1998

1999

2001

2003

2005

Percentage change 1997-2005

UK2

3,701,070

3,651,230

3,670,210

3,739,590

4,015,310

4,336,070

17

North East

96,915

98,910

91,045

96,790

98,760

108,500

12

North West

383,260

355,465

355,470

349,095

386,125

436,655

14

Yorkshire and the Humber

291,060

269,395

258,665

255,740

277,865

313,335

8

East Midlands

239,875

228,695

234,435

235,890

263,145

283,005

18

West Midlands

306,095

286,330

288,080

289,320

314,830

352,870

15

East of England

378,335

378,550

351,595

385,930

430,315

455,060

20

London

566,300

566,850

664,455

672,940

640,880

674,615

19

South East

612,130

618,575

604,985

624,470

681,440

728,595

19

South West

363,100

370,790

360,075

348,760

379,310

417,125

15

Wales

157,890

153,115

143,925

154,295

172,160

175,280

11

Scotland

243,500

246,600

232,975

236,595

266,570

276,215

13

Northern Ireland

84,430

83,230

84,505

89,745

103,905

114,830

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1 Regional data for 1997 and 1998 are not directly comparable to other years because they include employment agencies.

2 UK totals may not equal the sum of the regional figures. This is due to rounding, and in the years 1997 and 1998 because employment agencies were excluded for the UK, but not at the regional level.

Source:

BERR Small and Medium sized Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions, 1997-2006 available at: http://stats.berr.gov.uk/ed/sme/index.htm