Britain’s big city dominance of entrepreneurship could be in decline, after a new study revealedthe regions producing new businesses at the highest rates, with Salford coming out on top as a new startup hotspot.
Business risk advisor DueDil collated new business registration figures across Britain to produce a league table of emerging startup hotspots, comparing year-on-year data from the first quarters of 2016 and 2017.
The table suggested the Greater Manchester area of Salford could be a future home of entrepreneurship. The city registered an impressive year-on-year startup growth rate of 85.49 compared tothe first quarter of 2016, with 1, 393 new companies founded in the first three months of 2017 alone.
Leicester and Norwich followed Salford in the rankings, with new business growth rates of growing by 34.45 per cent and 22.12 per cent respectively.
Alongside the rapid growth of new business registration in smaller cities, the data indicated London’s dominance as a major startup hotspot in the UK could be reducing.
The capital saw a small year-on-year increase of just 5.12 per cent. However, the city continued to produce the highest number of new businesses in the first quarter of 2017, with 57, 235 companies registered since January.
Commenting on the findings, Justin Fitzpatrick, co-founder of DueDil, said unexpected regions had started to challenge the big cities to each become a key startup hotspots in Britain.
interestingly, just a handful of the UK’s major cities made the overall top 20 for startup growth, with cities such as London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds all absent from the top rankings, suggesting that they are slowly losing their grip on their status as the UK’s startup growth, he said in a statement.
Overall, 173, 100 new firms were registered in the UK between January and March 2017. The projected figure at the same rate by the end of 2017 was 668, 759 new companies 17, 096 fewer than were registered throughout 2016.
Praseeda Nair is the editorial director of Business Advice, and its sister publication for growing businesses, Real Business. She's an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.
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