New research from Duport.co.uk reveals female director appointments rose to a record level during the first quarter of the year in Oldham. Between January and March, 35% of director appointments were female - more than any other Q1 on record for the area.
While economists talked fearfully of a triple-dip recession in 2012, Coventry was quietly racking up net company growth almost equalling that of booming 2006.
New research from Duport.co.uk reveals that net company growth in Kingston Upon Thames dipped during the first three months of the year.
The official Company Register saw a new high of start-ups using the term "clinical" in their company name in February 2012.
In data analysed by Duport Associates, 25 new "clinical" companies were formed in February 2012, the highest number of these new formations since March 2003.
With the Health and Social Care Bill now approved by Parliament, it seems that small businesses are focussing on healthcare and sciences as an industry set to boom.
“The new interest in “clinical” companies just goes to show how many businesses are hoping to get more involved in providing healthcare services to the public and to the NHS,” said Peter Valaitis, Managing Director of Duport Associates.
With the NHS being opened to wider competition, it seems that many SMEs are looking to benefit from the move and that new companies are targeting healthcare as a good opportunity for the future.