Business NewsUK Statistics

UK Business: Activity, Size and Location, 2012

Released: 03 October 2012 Download PDF


  • Headline figures
  • Summary
  • Business counts by legal form
  • Business counts by broad industry
  • Business counts by UK region
  • Local unit site information
  • Background notes
  • Statistical contacts

Headline figures

  • The number of VAT and/or PAYE businesses is estimated to have risen by 37,000 (1.8 per cent) between March 2011 and March 2012.
  • Companies and public corporations represent 61.9 per cent of total businesses.
  • The largest industry group is wholesale and retail, with 16.8 per cent of all registered businesses.
  • London has the largest number of VAT and/or PAYE based businesses, with 16.7 per cent of the UK total. In comparison London has 15.6 per cent of UK employment.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.


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