Small Businesses (London)

Treasury written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) how many small businesses were registered for VAT in (a) Brent East and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997;

(2) how many new VAT registrations of small companies there were in (a) Brent East and (b) each London borough in each year since 1997.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

HM Revenue and Customs does not collect data on the number of VAT registered businesses or new VAT registrations of small companies by geographic area. However, information on the number of enterprises registered for VAT at the start of each year, and newly registered for VAT, is available via the Small Business Service website at www.sbs.gov.uk. This can be used to give an indication of the size of the business population within London. Table 1 shows the number of VAT registered small businesses and Table 2 shows the number of new VAT registrations, in London since 1997.

Table 1: Number of VAT registered small businesses in London
1997 1996 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Inner London
Camden 19,800 20,675 20,620 20,660 20,610 20,005 19,145
Hackney 5,370 5,630 6,065 6,423 6,805 7,035 7,195
Hammersmith and Fulham 6,160 6,510 7,070 7,485 7,950 8,310 8,430
Haringey 5,410 5,685 5,950 6,185 6,375 6,465 6,525
Islington 9,585 10,380 10,945 11,055 11,070 11,040 10,885
Kensington and Chelsea 8,205 8,525 8,870 9,225 9,525 9,640 9,815
Lambeth 5,445 5,690 5,980 6,230 6,425 6,645 6,840
Lewisham 3,655 3,815 4,045 4,195 4,335 4,475 4,545
Newham 3,040 3,125 3,280 3,430 3,590 3,675 3,765
Southwark 6,150 6,475 6,860 7,190 7,545 7,895 8,130
Tower Hamlets 5,685 5,975 6,375 6,780 7,070 7,215 7,390
Wandsworth 7,585 7,980 8,445 8,865 9,110 9,305 9,445
Westminster 32,455 33,985 35,540 37,230 38,395 39,055 39,235
Outer London
Barking and Dagenham 2,175 2,215 2,145 2,240 2,380 2,450 2,510
Barnet 14,270 15,070 15,330 15,240 15,230 14,680 14,050
Bexley 4,440 4,615 4,705 4,835 4,930 5,065 5,110
Brent 7,435 7,810 8,120 8,340 8,475 8,515 8,515
Bromley 8,145 8,390 8,745 8,825 8,960 9,100 9,115
Croydon 8,675 8,895 9,055 9,045 9,020 8,985 8,830
Ealing 8,005 8,360 8,770 9,125 9,390 9,550 9,680
Enfield 5,795 5,995 6,275 6,435 6,620 6,675 6,725
Greenwich 3,295 3,480 3,655 3,770 3,870 3,990 4,075
Harrow 6,935 7,170 7,445 7,500 7,535 7,575 7,585
Havering 5,225 5,370 5,545 5,645 5,700 5,790 5,795
Hillingdon 6,755 6,940 7,195 7,345 7,450 7,460 7,500
Hounslow 5,820 6,030 6,295 6,545 6,695 6,890 6,900
Kingston upon Thames 4,485 4,730 5,000 5,205 5,305 5,355 5,335
Merton 4,820 5,095 5,415 5,565 5,735 5,785 5,765
Redbridge 5,235 5,385 5,645 5,815 5,970 5,920 5,855
Richmond upon Thames 7,400 7,720 8,095 8,385 8,595 8,775 8,870
Sutton 4,760 4,880 5,040 5,140 5,125 5,165 5,150
Waltham Forest 4,245 4,330 4,550 4,675 4,725 4,755 4,765
Total for London 236,460 246,930 257,070 264,625 270,515 273,240 273,475
Table 2: Number of new small business VAT registrations in London
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Inner London
Camden 3,115 2,930 2,665 2,475 1,920 1,865 1,940
Hackney 985 1,130 1,120 1,180 1,015 1,050 1,095
Hammersmith and Fulham 970 1,155 1,050 1,230 1,185 1,125 1,260
Haringey 940 990 980 960 885 855 845
Islington 1,740 1,805 1,575 1,445 1,255 1,270 1,315
Kensington and Chelsea 1,115 1,170 1,240 1,260 940 1,105 1,210
Lambeth 865 930 900 865 875 880 995
Lewisham 630 675 635 615 610 590 605
Newham 530 595 585 580 530 545 660
Southwark 1,010 1,090 1,025 1,105 1,085 1,025 1,080
Tower Hamlets 995 1,100 1,080 1,100 945 975 1,150
Wandsworth 1,165 1,225 1,250 1,165 1,110 1,145 1,255
Westminster 4,680 5,175 5,660 5,450 4,830 4,655 5,855
Outer London
Barking and Dagenham 295 310 350 375 330 320 370
Barnet 2,295 2,275 1,925 1,970 1,625 1,600 1,615
Bexley 660 575 560 595 625 535 570
Brent 1,200 1,195 1,160 1,180 1,070 1,030 1,150
Bromley 1,055 1,125 915 950 940 940 1,000
Croydon 1,215 1,215 1,095 1,035 985 985 1,050
Ealing 1,255 1,255 1,190 1,200 1,150' 1,175 1,330
Enfield 805 860 840 885 790 860 910
Greenwich 565 565 525 520 495 500 545
Harrow 945 1,050 900 930 920 950 1,085
Havering 720 745 645 640 630 635 610
Hillingdon 905 920 835 860 735 830 855
Hounslow 805 840 830 820 820 810 840
Kingston upon Thames 670 700 620 615 595 585 570
Merton 750 840 730 765 680 640 710
Redbridge 830 925 850 855 760 750 820
Richmond upon Thames 970 1,005 960 960 880 1,015 1,020
Sutton 585 610 540 505 520 490 550
Waltham Forest 670 715 705 650 625 630 675
Total in London 35,935 37,695 35,940 35,740 32,360 32,365 35,540

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