News: London and South East best locations for start-ups

London businessLondon and the South East have emerged as Britain’s entrepreneurial hotspots, according to new figures.

Research into Companies House data by StartUp Britain found that 526,446 new businesses were launched in 2013.

Of those, 136,939 were registered in Greater London.

Despite London and the South East dominating the start-up scene, other areas were highlighted as being rich in entrepreneurs.

Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain, said “These figures are raw and hot off the press but the new regional statistics reveal a powerhouse in the South East and London – which is what we were expecting – but there are also impressive pockets of entrepreneurial activity in the North West, South Yorkshire, the Midlands and Scotland.”

The next competitor outside the South East is Birmingham, with 16,281 start-ups registered last year, and Manchester, with 11,765.

Recent government statistics suggested that micro-businesses and start-ups make up 95% of all the companies in the UK.

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