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SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED 
ENTERPRISES 2012 
SOME FACTS AND FIGURES 
C W Mobbs 
November 2012
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, 
59.1% of private sector employment and 48.8% of pr...
UK Enterprises (1) 
• There are 4,883,330 enterprises in the UK economy 
• Of these, 98.2% are private sector organisation...
UK Enterprises (2) 
Enterprises Employment Turnover 
All enterprises 4,883,330 31.0 m £3,368 bn 
Private sector 98.2% 77.2...
Private Sector Enterprises 
Numbers 
• 74.2% of enterprises have no 
employees (ie, consist of 
sole director or self-empl...
Employees by Enterprise 
(1) 
16.3% of all employment is in enterprises 
comprising a sole director or self-employed owner...
Employees by Enterprise (2) 
• Total employment stands at 23.9 m 
• 16.3% of total private sector employment is in 
enterp...
Enterprises and Turnover 
(1) 
Turnover of large enterprises accounts for 
51.2% of all private sector turnover
Enterprises and Turnover 
(2) 
• Total private sector turnover amounts to £3,131.6 bn 
• Despite having 74.2% of all priva...
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 2012 SOME FACTS AND FIGURES C W Mobbs November 2012
  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, 2012’, unless otherwise stated.
  3. 3. SMEs • UK SMEs accounted for 99.9% of all private sector enterprises, 59.1% of private sector employment and 48.8% of private sector turnover • Enterprises comprising one employee director and self employed owner-managers alone accounted for 74.2% of all enterprises, 16.3% of employment and 6.6% of turnover • Small enterprises alone accounted for 99.2% of all enterprises, 47.0% of employment and 34.4% of turnover • Turnover in SMEs is estimated at £1,529 bn, £40 bn (2.7%) higher than 2011
  4. 4. UK Enterprises (1) • There are 4,883,330 enterprises in the UK economy • Of these, 98.2% are private sector organisations, realising 93.0% of whole economy turnover • A further 0.2% are Central or Local Government, employing 17.4% of total employment and 1.7% are non-profits, employing 5.4% of total employment
  5. 5. UK Enterprises (2) Enterprises Employment Turnover All enterprises 4,883,330 31.0 m £3,368 bn Private sector 98.2% 77.2% 93.0% Central and Local Government 0.2% 17.4% 5.0% Non-profit Organisations 1.7% 5.4% 2.0%
  6. 6. Private Sector Enterprises Numbers • 74.2% of enterprises have no employees (ie, consist of sole director or self-employed owner-manager) • 0.07% of organisations have more than 500 employees • Small enterprises account for 99.2% of enterprises and medium enterprises for 0.6% No of Employees Enterprises 4,794,105 0 74.2% 1-9 21.3% 10-49 3.7% 50-249 0.6% 250-499 0.1% 500+ 0.1%
  7. 7. Employees by Enterprise (1) 16.3% 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 23.9 m • 16.3% 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 30.6% of total employment • Medium sized enterprises account for a further 12.2% • Large companies account for 40.9%
  9. 9. Enterprises and Turnover (1) Turnover of large enterprises accounts for 51.2% of all private sector turnover
  10. 10. Enterprises and Turnover (2) • Total private sector turnover amounts to £3,131.6 bn • Despite having 74.2% 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 27.8% of total turnover • Medium sized enterprises account for a further 14.4% • Large companies account for 51.2%
  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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