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company closures rising in Wirral

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.

record year for new business in Swansea

2013 saw a surge in company formations in Swansea, according to a new economic report from Duport.co.uk.

Derby smashes record for company formation

Derby smashed its own record for company formation during 2013, according to the latest Duport Business Confidence Report for the area.

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more women entrepreneurs in Belfast

October 2012

The first six months of the year in Belfast saw a rise of over 2% in the number of female director appointments. During this period, female director appointments stood at 24.3%, just ahead of the UK average of 23.4%.

During the summer, Business Secretary, Vince Cable announced that new official statistics show that the number of women in the boardrooms of the UK's top companies has increased in the past year.

The figures report that the number of women appointed to the boards of the UK's top companies has reached unprecedented levels, with women now making up 16.7% of FTSE 100, and 10.9% of FTSE 250 boards, up from 12.5% and 7.8% respectively in 2010.

Managing Director of Duport.co.uk, Peter Valaitis said:

"The rising number of women directors in Belfast is a very positive development for the city. More female directors should bring a fresh outlook to business community, and help diversify the economy of the area."

"Our report shows that, as well as rising numbers of women directors, directors under 25 years old are also increasing, which should also help new ideas flow into the business landscape."

Duport Business Confidence Reports are published quarterly for every area of the UK. The report for Belfast provides an overview of the town's economy and includes data on company formations, net company growth and company naming trends.

Duport Business Confidence Reports are generated and released by Duport Associates Ltd. The data contained in these reports is assimilated and analysed by Duport using public record data from sources including Companies House, Office for National Statistics and Ordnance Survey. Duport Associates Ltd is a leading UK company formation agent, established in 1997 and registering around 10,000 new companies each year through its Companies House approved software.

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