Boutiques are booming in Britain

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Duport Associates Ltd announces new research showing the number of new boutique start-ups in the UK hitting a new high with 42 registrations in February 2012.

The number of new boutique start-ups can only be good news for our local high streets, where small, niche businesses can thrive

Compiling data collated from the official Company Register, company formations agents Duport Associates has found that the number of new businesses calling themselves “boutique” has risen to a record high in February.

“In fashion, food and a huge range of other industries, customers are looking for something more special than big branded companies. With budgets tightening in households across the country, people want to know they’re spending their money on something unique, whether it’s coffee or festival tickets,” said Duport’s Managing Director Peter Valaitis.

“The number of new boutique start-ups can only be good news for our local high streets, where small, niche businesses can thrive. It’s also great to have a diverse range of shops available, instead of the same old chain stores in every town”

The previous highest month for boutique company formations was in September 2011, showing a sustained increase in the number of boutique start-ups over recent months.

Even the New Michelin guide book Michelin’s Main Cities of Europe 2012 has noted the rising number of boutiques – in this case, in the hotel industry. Only 11 boutique guesthouses are recommended in the guide, and seven of these are located in Edinburgh.

The term ‘boutique’ comes from the French word for ‘shop’ but in English Vernacular the use of the word has developed to become a term for a niche, independent or small enterprise. Often a word used to describe small designer fashion or jewellery outlets, boutique companies now cover a huge range of industries from music and travel to food and law firms.

Duport Associates Ltd is a leading UK company formation agent, operating in the UK for around 15 years. Duport registers around 10,000 new companies each year using its Companies House approved software. The Company Register which is maintained by Companies House contains public information about Limited companies and directors.

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