UK Business Start Ups Grow by 10%

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The number of new businesses starting out in the UK grew by over 10 percent in 2006, well ahead of UK average growth figures, according to new research published today by Startupsplus.

The number of people starting their own business saw an increase of more than 10 percent in 2006. This is well ahead of general growth rates in the economy and indicates that as a nation, increasing numbers of us are taking the plunge to be our own boss.

The findings come from research released by, a direct marketing tool for small businesses, which tracks the numbers of new start ups each month.

Startupsplus recorded 151,393 new businesses in 2006, compared to 137,720 startups in 2005 -- an increase of 10.3 percent.

And as for the most popular type of business to start, pubs topped the league table once again, closely followed by hairdressers, builders and driving schools. All grew in popularity, but the number of new hairdressers grew by over 25 percent compared to the previous year.

March was one of the busiest times to start a new business in 2006, and August was one of the quietest.

Editors Notes:

Startupsplus is a monthly marketing service for small businesses in the UK. Each month data is collated and screened on new businesses starting up and relocating. Details of these businesses are then provided to Startupsplus subscribers, from their chosen local area.

Startupsplus is a unique direct marketing service from, leading UK direct marketing data providers.


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