Business Survival Rates

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 11th February 2002.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Conservative, East Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list for (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) each English region and (f) each local authority in the United Kingdom, the percentage of businesses surviving three years for the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Nigel Griffiths Nigel Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

We estimate survival rates on the basis of businesses registering for VAT who are still registered three years after. These data are available at Business Link, Training and Enterprise Council and Local Enterprise Company level. Data at local authority level are not available. The latest data relate to 1996 registrants and are set out in the table.

Percentage
Scotland 61.2
England 62.4
Wales 63.1
Northern Ireland 70.1
North-east 61.4
County Durham 61.6
Northumberland 65.7
Tees Valley 60.8
Tyne and Wear 60.3
North-west 60.1
Cheshire and Warrington 63.6
Manchester 55.8
Cumbria 65.8
East Lancashire 60.4
North Manchester 57.8
Merseyside 63.0
West and north Lancashire 59.5
Yorkshire and the Humber 60.8
Humberside 61.9
North Yorkshire 66.2
South Yorkshire 59.7
West Yorkshire 58.8
East Midlands 61.2
Derbyshire 62.8
Leicestershire 61.2
Lincolnshire 61.8
Northamptonshire 61.7
Nottinghamshire 58.9
West Midlands 61.3
Birmingham and Solihull 55.3
Coventry and Warwickshire 65.7
Herefordshire and Worcestershire 67.5
Shropshire 64.4
Staffordshire 61.2
The Black Country 58.4
Eastern 65.3
Bedfordshire 63.3
Cambridgeshire 65.4
Essex 63.6
Hertfordshire 67.5
Norfolk 66.2
Suffolk 65.9
London 59.5
South-east 66.2
Berkshire 64.4
Hampshire 67.1
Kent and Medway 64.6
Oxfordshire/Milton Keynes/Bucks 66.9
Surrey 67.6
Sussex 66.0
South-west 65.0
Dorset 63.7
Devon and Cornwall 64.1
Gloucestershire 65.0
Somerset 68.1
West 63.1
Wiltshire and Swindon 68.9
Celtec 62.7
Mid Wales 68.3
South-east Wales 62.9
West Wales 61.2
Argyll and Bute 65.5
Ayrshire 62.7
Borders Enterprise 67.8
Caithness and Sutherland 66.4
Dumbarton 61.3
Dumfries and Galloway 71.3
Fife 60.6
Forth Valley 61.0
Glasgow Development Agency 49.1
Grampian 68.6
Inverness and Nairn 61.9
Lanarkshire 51.8
Lochaber 77.7
Lothian and Edinburgh 63.9
Moray Badenoch and Strathspey 76.8
Orkney 68.7
Renfrewshire 57.0
Ross and Cromarty 75.6
Shetland 76.0
Skye and Lochalsh 57.8
Tayside 65.4
Western Isles 75.6

Source:

Small Business Service April 2001

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