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Food Production

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of John Martin McDonnell John Martin McDonnell Labour, Hayes and Harlington

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the food production industry is comprised of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Small and medium enterprises are those where the number of employees is between 0 and 249.

As a percentage of the total number of enterprises in the manufacture of food products and beverages sector, 98% are small and medium enterprises.

Based upon turnover of the manufacture of food products and beverages sector, 26% are small and medium enterprises.

The breakdown of these figures is shown in the following table.

2010 UK
  Number Percent
  Enterprises Employment ( 1,000) Turnover ( £ million) Enterprises Employment Turnover
Manufacture of food products and beverages        
All enterprises 13,650 404 78,035 100.0 100.0 100.0
All employers 5,885 396 77,599 43.1 98.0 99.4
             
With no employees(1) 7,765 8 436 56.9 2.0 0.6
1 480 1 75 3.5 0.2 0.1
2-4 1,790 6 773 13.1 1.5 1.0
5-9 1,140 (2)7 823 8.4 1.7 1.1
10-19 820 12 (2)1,130 6.0 3.0 1.4
20-49 770 24 3,272 5.6 5.9 4.2
50-99 375 (2)25 (2)5,282 2.7 6.2 6.8
100-199 235 34 6,612 1.7 8.4 8.5
200-249 45 (2)10 (2)1,660 0.3 2.5 2.1
Total SMEs 13,420 127 20,063 98 31 26
250-499 95 31 (2)5,060 0.7 7.7 6.5
500 or more 135 241 51,474 1.0 59.7 66.0
(1 )"With no employees" comprises sole proprietorships and partnerships comprising only the self-employed owner-manager(s), and companies comprising of only one employee director. (2) Numbers for beverages not included in order to avoid disclosure of confidential data Note: Numbers of enterprises are rounded, in order to avoid disclosure. Consequently, the "All Enterprises" and "All Employers" totals may not exactly match the sum of their parts. Source: BIS Enterprise Directorate Analytical Unit

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