Start-up numbers soar

HARD-WORKING entrepreneurs smashed records in 2012 with start-up businesses up by almost ten per cent.

Research by the national enterprise campaign Start-Up Britain showed that 484,224 businesses were launched compared with 440,600 in 2011.

Emma Jones, co-founder of the campaign, said the unaudited figures showed there was a clear increase in start-up rates in 2012. She described small and new businesses as the driving force of the British economy and said resourcesful Britons could make business ideas come to life in difficult times.

“We have seen this at colleges and universities as part of our national 2012 tour, at industry weeks and on the High Street as we’ve filled empty shops with budding start-ups as part of PopUp Britain,” she added.