North and East see growth in number of businesses

house plans 2Business growth across London has been more successful in the north and east of the capital in the past 6 years than the south and west.

The number of businesses has contracted in some central areas and fallen by 32% in the City. Data from the Office for National Statistics shows the largest growth in the number of individual business units between 2009-2015 was in Camden and Lambeth.

But a crescent of boroughs from Harrow in the north to Greenwich in the south east have seen growth above 20% since 2009 and in a number, including Newham and Redbridge, it is over 30%. At the same time there has been just single digit growth on the opposite side of the city.

Business unit growth

The data shows that there are currently 461,020 businesses in London. It’s the largest number of any UK region and the equivalent of the combined number for North West England, Yorkshire and Humberside.

More that 10% of businesses are in Westminster, and it has 10 times more than Barking and Dagenham, which has the fewest with 5,865.

Business unit numbers 2

The largest sector in terms of numbers of businesses in the capital is Professional, Scientific and Technical services, as it is in the UK as a whole. In London this accounts for 24% of all business. In the City of London this sector is 40% of all business units.

Information and Communication services is London’s second biggest sector with 13% of all businesses. Business administration and support, and construction are third and fourth. Across the country, construction is the second biggest industry sector in terms of numbers of businesses and retail makes up a higher proportion of businesses than in does in London.

Source data

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London leads Europe but lags behind US as tech start up base, says survey

town hall and tower bridgeLondon emerges as Europe’s leading tech start-up hub but Silicon Roundabout is still well behind Silicon Valley, according to a survey by a business software company.

The Global Start Up Ecosystem Ranking looked at 5 measurements for a successful start-up hub – performance, funding, talent, market reach and the start-up experience. Compass, a company that sells tools for automated management reports and benchmarking carried out the survey following on from a similar study in 2012.

11,000 people in the start-up sector took part and Compass additionally conducted 200 interviews in 25 countries.

The rankings were dominated by the US with the top 4 places and 6 in the top 10. London ranked in 6th place, up one position from the last such ranking in 2012. Berlin is hot on its heels for the crown of leading European city jumping 6 places to 9th.


Global Start Up Econ-System Ranking 2015
Ranking Location Performance Funding Talent Market Reach Experience
1 Silicon Valley 1 1 4 1 1
2 New York 2 2 1 9 4
3 Los Angeles 4 4 2 10 5
4 Boston 3 3 7 12 7
5 Tel Aviv 6 5 13 3 6
6 London 5 10 3 7 13
7 Chicago 8 12 5 11 14
8 Seattle 12 11 12 4 3
9 Berlin 7 8 19 8 8
10 Singapore 11 9 9 20 9

The fatal flaw in the survey rankings and one that would inevitably knock London down the list is that China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are not included. Compass says that is was unable to get adequate survey participation or data. It would expect to see Beijing in the top 5.

The survey shows that London scored best for availability and cost of technical talent. It also did well in measurement of performance. The survey says that exit values on London start-ups have gone up 4-fold in the last 2 years.

The survey produced a few findings that may have particular relevance for London as a global capital. 27% of start-ups have investors from abroad, and 29% of people working in start-ups were foreigners to their chosen city.

There was a lack of gender equality in all locations. 18% of start-up have female founders compared to 10% in the survey done in 2012. Separate research, previously reported by Urbs, suggests that this in one area where London is doing better than Silicon Valley.

Source – Compass Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking

See also

London wins plaudits for support of tech sector growth.

Tech start ups more diverse than Silicon Valley but women struggle for funding

People good, infrastructure less so – what foreign business thinks of London