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Small Businesses

March 31, 2003

Question written on 31/03/2003

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what proportion of UK companies employ 15 or fewer employees; and what proportion of the UK workforce such establishments employ.

Answered by Nigel Griffiths

Data for businesses with 15 or fewer employees is not available. However, published figures do cover the size-classes 09 employees and 1019 employees.At the start of 2001 there were about 3.5 million businesses with 0.9 employees and they employed a little over 6.5 million people. This represents nearly 95 per cent. of the UK business population and 29 per cent. of UK employment.About 3.67 million businesses had 019 employees. They employed 8.1 million people. This represents nearly 98 per cent. of the UK business population and 36 per cent. of UK employment. The 1019 size-class accounted for an extra 112,000 businesses and 1.57 million employment.