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 new report from Duport.co.uk shows there was a rise in company formation in Stafford last year, suggesting the local economy is beginning to recover from a difficult period.
It seems the business community of Bath is becoming more diverse. Figures released by Duport.co.uk show the city was amongst the top ten UK towns for female director appointments and young director appointments during 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.