Nearly Three-Quarters of Businesses Have No Employees

New Business Population Estimates published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills show that at the start of 2010, nearly three-quarters of the 4.5 million private sector businesses in the UK had no employees.  This was an increase of 2.4 per cent (78,000 firms) over the previous year.

Businesses with no employees are either sole proprietorships and partnerships comprising only the self-employed owner manager or managers or are companies comprising only one employee director.

Firms falling into this category had a combined estimated turnover of £212 billion at the start of 2010.

Of the 4.5 million UK private sector enterprises at the start of 2010, 99.2 per cent had 0-49 employees, only 0.6 per cent had 50-249 employees and just 0.1 per cent (6,000 firms) employed 250 or more employees.

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