allmapdata ‘map of Britain’ reveals SME North/South split

allmapdata research has revealed a clear North/South divide in the density of the UK’s 5.5 million small and medium companies, despite Government promises to create a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and a climate of enterprise in the north of England.

Our original study analysed the location of all active businesses across the country and ranked these in descending popularity by local authority region — weighted against national population data — to create a league table.

It found the City of Westminster has the greatest density of businesses per population, while 15 of the top 20 nationwide spots in the league table are based in London. Outside the capital, Warrington, in Cheshire, comes top, followed by Brighton and Hove, Poole, Windsor and Maidenhead and Edinburgh. Just seventeen areas in the top 100 are based in Manchester or further north, with majority in London and the South. 

However, stripping out London boroughs completely from the list, only six of out of the top 20 spots are based in the north of England. They include Trafford, Manchester and Stockport.

Although the Government regularly releases data looking at wider regions, the Mapmechanics’ analysts used Companies House data to identify all the active businesses and broke them down across Britain’s 200 local authorities — making it a more comprehensive and detailed analysis of small business density across Britain.

They found the bottom 20 in the league table comprises many smaller boroughs in Scotland and Wales, but also includes Sunderland, County Durham and Redcar and Cleveland, all in the North East of England. SME - 900

Earlier this year, Chancellor George Osborne said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and their support is crucial to help build the Northern Powerhouse.”

In February, new research conducted for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Policy Conference recorded showed that while nine in ten small business owners claimed to know about the Northern Powerhouse, a fifth of those said they were not clear what the concept meant in practice.