The beginning of 2013 has seen some positive economic results in Folkestone, with company formation rising and a rise in net company growth.
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 latest Duport Business Confidence Report for Dudley shows there was a decline in company formation in the area last year. However, the report also shows there was a reduction in company closures during the same period, suggesting trading conditions may actually be improving in the town.
A recent poll has shown that 24% of self-employed people take no annual leave, compared to only 5% of permanent workers.
The survey, which was conducted by ICM and commissioned by accountancy company Boox, questioned 2033 adults across the UK. Other findings were that almost half of self-employed workers continue working when they are on leave, and that self-employed workers are twice as likely as their permanently employed counterparts to check emails on holiday.
However, there must be some benefits to running your own company, as 56% of those surveyed preferred it to being in full-time employment. 35% also stated that they found the flexible working hours convenient.
Philip Venn, Managing Director of Boox, commented:
"The reality is that when we are in charge of our own business the stresses and strains of securing our next contract or missing a deadline play a much greater role in our lives.
This makes it harder to take time out and if we do manage to get away, retreat anxiety makes it that much more difficult to switch off from our work life."