August 30, 2013 - Rachel Miller
A study of UK small businesses has shown a rise in the number of people setting up micro businesses and hiring people for part-time work.
The study by Freelancer.co.uk assessed 300,000 businesses over the past 12 months and it concludes that an entrepreneurial boom is taking place in the UK, with significant numbers of people starting up new ventures across the country.
According to the study, Brighton and Newcastle have seen the highest growth in the number of new micro businesses being launched (up by 24%), followed closely by Manchester and Southampton with 23% growth. London has seen 21% growth, Edinburgh and Liverpool 20%, Birmingham 19% and Sheffield 8%.
The research also shows that there have been positive knock-on effects for freelance workers in business support sectors, such as website design. It found there has been a 19% increase in the number of micro businesses commissioning new ecommerce websites.
In addition, orders for shopping carts to be installed on new small business websites are up 18%, email marketing is up 20%, graphic design is up 12% and logo design is up 6%.
"Starting a micro business is easier than ever and is less risky with small start-up costs," said Bill Little, European director for Freelancer.co.uk. "Many of the people in this study set up businesses alongside their own jobs, hiring in freelancers for short projects to help get the business off the ground before leaving their job to run the business full time.
"The jobs that businesses are outsourcing are essential to setting up and growing a business, so it is not surprising that so many of these jobs are growing so quickly. It provides extra evidence that there is an entrepreneurial micro business boom happening across the UK."