More Start-Ups Than Ever
Posted on 8th October 2013
Entrepreneurial Britons are on track to start more than 500,000 businesses in 2013, beating last year’s record, according to the latest figures from start-up campaign organisation StartUp Britain.
A spokesperson for StartUp Britain, said that the figures are raw and unaudited, but are showing that there has been more growth in start-up rates than last year, meaning that the campaign is on track to hit the half-a-million target.
The figures are from the campaign’s Daily Tracker, an online tool that reveals the number of new firms registered with Companies House on a daily, monthly and yearly basis.
According to the figures, 484,224 businesses were started in 2012, compared with 440,600 in 2011. As of today (October 7), the figure stands at 402,822, so the half million mark should be reached by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, on Friday (October 11), the first ever PopUp Summit is due to be held at London’s City Hall.
PopUp Britain, StartUp Britain’s retail arm, is holding the summit to examine the future of the pop-up culture for online retail entrepreneurs.
As the spokesperson commented, short-term, low cost, collaborative access to high street shops could be increasingly important for emerging online retailers in the future. Given that one in six high street shops are empty, there is an opportunity to help landlords as well as entrepreneurs.
In fact, a recent report from London Councils revealed that in London alone there are 7,000 shops standing empty, leaving a £250m hole in revenue and salaries
On the day, would-be popup retailers can hear from experts and from online retailers already successfully using pop-ups as part of their own brand building strategy.