Number of start-ups in Greater Manchester hits record high

Date published: 25 January 2024

Recently published figures show that more new businesses were established in Greater Manchester during 2023 than in any previous year to date - making the county one of the most successful in the UK.

A total of 41,222 new formations were registered in Greater Manchester during the last 12 months, an increase of 6.4% on 2022 when 38,756 were recorded.

This brings the number of registered companies in the county to an all-time high of 244,408.

The statistics are taken from the Inform Direct Review of Company Formations, using data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics.

Across the county’s districts, Manchester formed the highest number of new businesses (13,450), followed by Bolton (4,277) and Trafford (3,740).

Oldham registered 2,870 new businesses.

John Korchak, Managing Director at Inform Direct, said: “It is excellent news that Greater Manchester can celebrate a record year for new company formations during 2023.

“The year undoubtedly presented a range of challenges for business including tepid predictions of economic growth, volatility in energy prices and uncertainty from world events.

"However, the formation figures demonstrate very clearly that Greater Manchester entrepreneurs remained undeterred and pursued their ambitions to establish new ventures.

“This positive picture is mirrored in the overall position for the UK which saw the highest ever number of new companies established during 2023.

"The total number of UK formations exceeded 900,000 for the very first time.”

The UK saw 900,006 new companies, compared to 805,141 in 2022, which represents an increase of 11.8%.

It brings the total number of UK companies to a record 5,476,772.

Dissolutions of UK companies totalled 662,915, an increase on the 578,679 companies dissolved in 2022.

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