Key findings

National data offers a conflicted snapshot of entrepreneurship, while regional data proffers a promise of diversifying new business activity. London and the South East remain strong incubators, and the North’s entrepreneurial growth is strong. 


The capital continues to lead the UK’s entrepreneurship scoreboard

East of England

The East continues to attract investment

South East

Entrepreneurship thrives, despite an uncertain national environment

South West

A region showing high promise for entrepreneurial expansion

North East

The North East struggles to maintain entrepreneurship growth


The area sees an increase in funding for enterprise


A growing number of companies with private equity backing

Northern Ireland

A modest but stable entrepreneurial environment

Entrepreneurs index

A barometer of the entrepreneurial environment and activity in the UK. This, the ninth volume, focuses on three main indicators: start-up activity, growth of new business and exits of young enterprises.

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