Recent research from Duport.co.uk shows there was a rise in company closures in Wirral during 2013, with 597 companies closing over the course of the year.
2013 saw a surge in company formations in Swansea, according to a new economic report from Duport.co.uk.
Derby smashed its own record for company formation during 2013, according to the latest Duport Business Confidence Report for the area.
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.