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Northamptonshire Analysis
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Count of Businesses by Size

06 October 2017

Another Economic release this month is the snapshot count of UK Businesses as at March 2017. The 2017 data can now be found in the Business Size dataview on Northamptonshire Analysis. Please remember that this snapshot dataset gives a different total number of businesses to the Business Demography Active Businesses total which instead takes into account any businesses which have been active over the period of a year. Please also remember that the snapshot of UK businesses, like the BRES Employee data, covers only businesses which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE.

As of 2017, there were 32,295 businesses registered for VAT and/or PAYE across Northamptonshire. This is the sixth year in succession showing an increase in this count, with an overall growth in the number of businesses of 31.6% between 2011 and 2017. This growth compares quite well to our basket of economic comparators.

The proportion of the county's total businesses which are in the smallest size band (0-4 Employees) has grown from 76.9% in 2011 to 79.8% in 2017 and this may account for why Northamptonshire did not compare so well against our comparators in terms of Employee number growth (although that is another, more detailed piece of work for another time!!).

28.3% of Northamptonshire's businesses can be found in Northampton (compared to 31.9% of the resident population aged 18-64). South Northamptonshire, Daventry and East Northamptonshire each contain a higher proportion of the county's businesses than their proportion of the county's working age population. The other four boroughs have a lower proportion of the county's businesses than their proportion of the county's working age population. This obviously does not take into account size of business.

If you wish to undertake a more detailed analysis, then the Business Size dataview holds details of size of business, while if you head for the Nomis website there is also data about legal status of businesses (including sole proprietors) and also detail of the industry type ... although remember that if you go looking for businesses within the smallest breakdown (where businesses 'growing sugar cane' or working in 'space transport' are both options!!), the effect on the stats of the rounding of the data to avoid disclosure will be greater ... ... or as Nomis puts it "values may be rounded down to zero and so all zeros are not necessarily true zeros".

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