Why SMEs are key to the UK's economic recovery

By: Jason Stockwood

Date: 12 August 2011

Business insurance provider SimplyBusiness has created an infographic based on recently published Office for National Statistics data that shows just how important SMEs (small and medium-sized businesses) are to the UK economy.

Some key facts include:

  • SMEs make up 99.9% of the total number of businesses in the UK.
  • SMEs provide 59.1% of all private sector jobs.
  • SMEs generate 48.7% of total public sector turnover in the UK.
  • London provides the most private sector jobs (15.8%) and makes the biggest contribution to turnover (30.5%).
  • The South East has the largest number of enterprises (16.3% as compared to London’s 15.8%).
  • Construction accounts for 20% of all UK enterprises, while the wholesale and retail trade sector employ the largest percentage of people (21%) and make the biggest contribution to turnover across all industries (37% - estimated at £1,186bn).

SimplyBusiness Infographic

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