Startups in Cardiff

Startups in Cardiff tracked by The Mailing Company across all sectors and compared against national statistics for new businesses.

STARTUPS Born Last Month


Total new company registrations climbed from 405 to 416 between May and June.

The capital city of Wales, Cardiff is at the centre of growth in the Welsh Economy and is responsible for nearly 20% of Welsh GDP (gross domestic product). Once a centre of coal and steel production, Cardiff is now home to the Welsh media with ITV Wales, BBC Wales, and S4C all having studios in the city. The economy in Cardiff relies heavily on the finance, retail, media and tourism sectors. The city has undergone major regeneration in recent years which has helped to significantly increase the levels of tourism in the area.

The largest sector in the city is public administration, health and education which employs 32% of the city’s workforce, this is followed by retail and tourism with 20.4% and financial and business services with 20%. The retail industry in the area enjoyed a significant boost in 2009 with the opening of the St David’s Centre, one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. In recent years there has also been growth in the construction, transport and communications industries, mirroring that of national trends.

Cardiff Startups by Industry Classification

Following the top 25 most popular types of business in Cardiff for recent startups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Management consultancy activities other than financial management24 ▲26%19
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate20 ▼-5%21
Other business support service activities n.e.c.16 ▲100%8
Other service activities n.e.c.15 ▲114%7
Information technology consultancy activities12 ▲9%11
Buying and selling of own real estate11 ▼-42%19
Freight transport by road11 ▼-21%14
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.11 ▲450%2
Development of building projects10 ▼-23%13
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis10 10
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands9 ▼-61%23
Licensed restaurants9 ▲50%6
Other human health activities9 ▼-10%10
Specialists medical practice activities8 ▲100%4
Real estate agencies8 ▲60%5
Other information technology service activities8 ▲167%3
Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.7 ▲40%5
Educational support services7 ▲250%2
Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities7 ▲250%2
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet6 ▼-25%8
Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores6 6
Event catering activities6 6
Dormant Company6 ▲50%4
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment6 ▲100%3
Business and domestic software development6 ▲200%2

Top Cardiff Startup Sectors

It’s easier to group SIC codes to obtain a clearer view of the new business startup environment.  The change indicators are how far Cardiff statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Cardiff to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Cardiff
Real Estate11.07% ▲12%
Construction10.10% ▼-1%
Food & Beverage Service7.77% ▲12%
Other Professional Services6.41% ▲3%
Retail5.24% ▼-27%
Health & Medical Services5.05% ▲82%
Management Consulting4.66% ▲12%
Other Support Activity4.47% ▲5%
Wholesalers & Agents4.08% ▲4%
Financial Services3.69% ▲20%
Education3.69% ▲60%
Transportation3.11% ▼-36%
Other Services2.91% ▼-18%
Residential Care & Support2.33% ▲40%
IT Consultancy2.33% ▼-18%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.85%
Food & Beverage Service6.95%
Other Professional Services6.20%
Other Support Activity4.27%
Management Consulting4.15%
Wholesalers & Agents3.94%
Other Services3.57%
Financial Services3.08%
IT Consultancy2.83%
Health & Medical Services2.77%
Software Publishing & Development1.93%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio




These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 606.71%
Under 210.63%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.36 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.3)
Sample Size


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