business confidence reports » town league tables

Our town league tables rank the top 100 UK towns on a number of key business confidence metrics. You can use these league tables to check the relative performance of one town against another.

The top 100 towns are defined as those with the largest number of active companies at the start of the period selected. The top 100 towns are used so as not to skew the league tables with data that is not statisically relevant.

An active company for the purpose of these league tables is defined as one that has not been dissolved, though it is possible that active companies will include a number of non trading companies or companies intending to dissolve.

The data is calculated from Companies House register of companies in England & Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Belfast). Geographical boundaries and groupings are performed using prioprietary data modelling and software.

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  • This table organises the top 100 towns by their relative net growth during the period selected
  • Net growth is a product of new companies created minus companies which have been dissolved
  • The percentage figure shows relative growth in relation to the number of active companies at the start of the period
town rank growth % growth
Warrington 1 3.97 717
Romford 2 3.45 273
Hounslow 3 3.29 210
Wirral 4 3.24 251
Chesterfield 5 2.95 177
Lincoln 6 2.94 251
Rotherham 7 2.91 169
Watford 8 2.75 296
Leeds 9 2.65 885
Hove 10 2.26 305
Poole 11 2.21 248
Southampton 12 2.19 377
Blackpool 13 2.19 138
Northampton 14 2.19 348
Peterborough 15 2.01 198
Bradford 16 1.99 226
Wakefield 17 1.89 129
Enfield 18 1.88 120
Wolverhampton 19 1.73 178
Luton 20 1.73 182
Aylesbury 21 1.72 113
London 22 1.61 10716
Wembley 23 1.6 148
Ilford 24 1.6 277
Nottingham 25 1.55 480
Croydon 26 1.53 208
Gloucester 27 1.52 103
Bristol 28 1.51 680
Doncaster 29 1.5 159
Slough 30 1.49 168
Leicester 31 1.47 377
Birmingham 32 1.47 950
Liverpool 33 1.45 375
Coventry 34 1.42 284
Solihull 35 1.41 122
Huddersfield 36 1.39 110
Altrincham 37 1.38 134
Horsham 38 1.33 78
Harrogate 39 1.3 84
Harrow 40 1.3 270
Bromley 41 1.26 85
Oldham 42 1.26 90
Woking 43 1.2 96
Bedford 44 1.15 127
Barnsley 45 1.15 67
Colchester 46 1.14 133
Worcester 47 1.13 76
Belfast 48 1.13 163
Maidenhead 49 1.12 73
Cambridge 50 1.11 159
York 51 1.11 139
Wigan 52 1.08 63
High Wycombe 53 1.07 91
Worthing 54 1.06 72
Hull 55 1.04 100
Milton Keynes 56 1.04 173
Guildford 57 1.02 75
Newcastle Upon Tyne 58 1.01 153
Sutton 59 1.01 70
Exeter 60 1.01 74
Glasgow 61 1.01 457
Derby 62 0.98 137
Manchester 63 0.96 594
Cardiff 64 0.94 180
Swindon 65 0.93 97
Basingstoke 66 0.91 61
Plymouth 67 0.91 72
Sheffield 68 0.86 215
Salisbury 69 0.85 51
Eastleigh 70 0.84 49
Bolton 71 0.84 104
Walsall 72 0.83 60
Stoke-On-Trent 73 0.81 85
Reading 74 0.81 188
Brighton 75 0.79 113
Barnet 76 0.77 69
Chester 77 0.75 67
Ipswich 78 0.74 71
Sutton Coldfield 79 0.74 47
Shrewsbury 80 0.72 45
Bath 81 0.71 53
Maidstone 82 0.7 56
Bournemouth 83 0.65 72
Aberdeen 84 0.65 98
Edinburgh 85 0.63 232
Preston 86 0.58 76
Ashford 87 0.56 36
Norwich 88 0.53 78
Oxford 89 0.5 48
St Albans 90 0.48 49
Hemel Hempstead 91 0.39 27
Sevenoaks 92 0.27 16
Chelmsford 93 0.23 24
Cheltenham 94 0.18 20
Edgware 95 0.1 10
Swansea 96 0.06 5
Westcliff-On-Sea 97 -0.35 -26
Tunbridge Wells 98 -0.39 -29
Stockport 99 -0.49 -84
Fareham 100 -0.66 -47

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