UK business; activity, size and location: 2017

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  • The number of Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) businesses in the UK continued to grow to 2.67 million in March 2017 compared with 2.55 million in March 2016, which is consistent with the performance of the broader UK economy.
  • The number of companies and public corporations has continued to rise and represents 70.7% of total UK businesses, which has offset a gradual fall in sole proprietors and partnerships.
  • The largest industry group is professional, scientific and technical, making up 17.9% of all registered businesses in the UK.
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