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Small and Medium Sized 
Enterprises 2010 
Some Facts and Figures 
C W Mobbs 
July 2011
Introduction 
• For the purposes of this analysis, small and medium sized 
enterprises are defined as those with less than...
SMEs 
• UK SMEs accounted for 99.9% of all private sector enterprises, 59.2% 
of private sector employment and 48.6% of pr...
UK Enterprises (1) 
• There are 4,572,015 enterprises in the UK economy 
• Of these, 98.1% are private sector organisation...
UK Enterprises (2) 
Enterprises Employment Turnover 
All enterprises 4,572,015 29.8 m £3,433 bn 
Private sector 98.1% 75.6...
Private Sector Enterprises 
Numbers 
• 73.4% of enterprises have no 
employees (ie, consist of sole 
director or self-empl...
Employees by Enterprise (1) 
15.7% of all employment is in enterprises comprising a 
sole director or self-employed owner-...
Employees by Enterprise (2) 
• Total employment stands at 22.5 m 
• 15.7% of total private sector employment is in enterpr...
Enterprises and Turnover (1) 
Turnover of large enterprises accounts for 51.4% of 
all private sector turnover
Enterprises and Turnover (2) 
• Total private sector turnover amounts to £3,212.3 bn 
• Despite having 73.4% of all privat...
About Innovation for 
Growth 
Founded in 2010, Innovation for Growth is a business consultancy firm that 
specialises in t...
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  1. 1. Small and Medium Sized Enterprises 2010 Some Facts and Figures C W Mobbs July 2011
  2. 2. Introduction • For the purposes of this analysis, small and medium sized enterprises are defined as those with less than 250 employees (large enterprises have 250+) • Small enterprises have less than 50 employees; medium ones between 50 and 249 • An enterprise is defined as a profit, non-profit or government organisation Data Source: Department for Business Innovation and Skills ‘Business Population Estimate for the UK and Regions, 2010’, unless otherwise stated.
  3. 3. SMEs • UK SMEs accounted for 99.9% of all private sector enterprises, 59.2% of private sector employment and 48.6% of private sector turnover • Enterprises comprising one employee director and self employed owner-managers alone accounted for 73.4% of all enterprises, 15.7% of employment and 6.6% of turnover • Small enterprises alone accounted for 99.3% of all enterprises, 47.1% of employment and 35.0% of turnover • Turnover in SMEs is estimated at £1,562 bn, £27 bn (1.7%) lower than 2009
  4. 4. UK Enterprises (1) • There are 4,572,015 enterprises in the UK economy • Of these, 98.1% are private sector organisations, realising 93.6% of whole economy turnover • A further 0.1% are Central or Local Government, employing 18.1% of total employment and 1.8% are non-profits, employing 6.4% of total employment
  5. 5. UK Enterprises (2) Enterprises Employment Turnover All enterprises 4,572,015 29.8 m £3,433 bn Private sector 98.1% 75.6% 93.6% Central and Local 0.1% 18.1% 4.5% Government Non-profit Organisations 1.8% 6.4% 2.0%
  6. 6. Private Sector Enterprises Numbers • 73.4% of enterprises have no employees (ie, consist of sole director or self-employed owner-manager) • 0.06% of organisations have more than 500 employees • Small enterprises account for 99.3% of enterprises and medium enterprises for 0.6% No of Employees Enterprises 4,484,535 0 73.4% 1-9 22.1% 10-49 3.8% 50-249 0.6% 250-499 0.1% 500+ 0.1%
  7. 7. Employees by Enterprise (1) 15.7% of all employment is in enterprises comprising a sole director or self-employed owner-manager
  8. 8. Employees by Enterprise (2) • Total employment stands at 22.5 m • 15.7% of total private sector employment is in enterprises comprising sole directors or self-employed owner-managers • Small business with between 1 and 49 employees account for 31.5% of total employment • Medium sized enterprises account for a further 12.0% • Large companies account for 40.9%
  9. 9. Enterprises and Turnover (1) Turnover of large enterprises accounts for 51.4% of all private sector turnover
  10. 10. Enterprises and Turnover (2) • Total private sector turnover amounts to £3,212.3 bn • Despite having 73.4% of all private sector enterprises, organisations with a sole director or self-employed owner-manager only produced 6.6% of turnover • Small business with between 1 and 49 employees account for 28.4% of total turnover • Medium sized enterprises account for a further 13.6% • Large companies account for 51.4%
  11. 11. About Innovation for Growth Founded in 2010, Innovation for Growth is a business consultancy firm that specialises in the provision of advice to small and medium sized enterprises. We work with companies from all sectors undertaking: innovation audits, innovation advice and the provision of strategy advice so our clients can maximise their business capabilities and achieve their growth aspirations. We also undertake desktop, business research and analysis, enabling our clients to concentrate on running their business. For more on our services, please see our website: www.innovationforgrowth.co.uk © 2011 Innovation for Growth

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