UK business; activity, size and location: 2016

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  • There were 2.55 million businesses registered for VAT and/or Pay As You Earn (PAYE) in the UK in March 2016 compared with 2.45 million in March 2015, a rise of around 105,000 (4.3%).
  • The number of companies and public corporations has continued to rise and represents 68.8% of total businesses. The number of sole proprietors and partnerships has continued to decline and now represents 27.4% of total businesses.
  • The largest industry group this year remains professional, scientific and technical, with 18% of all registered businesses in the UK compared with 17.8% in 2015.
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