09/2019

Startups in LEEDS

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

STARTUPS Born Last Month

839

Total new company registrations went down from 1,214 to 839 ▼-31% between July and August.

One of the fastest-growing cities in the UK, the northern city of Leeds has a £64.6 billion economy and the highest ratio of private to public sector jobs of any UK city. There are over 32,000 VAT registered businesses and over 6000 small and medium sizes businesses in the area. Finance and business services account for 38% of the city’s economy with other key sectors in the region, including creative and digital industries, retail, leisure, construction, tourism, and manufacturing.

According to recent studies, the number of mid-sized and large companies in Leeds is above the national average, with several large companies such as Centrica, Asda Group, BT, Direct Line Group and First Direct being based in the area. The city has a population of 3 million and a workforce of 1.37 million, and the economy of the region is forecast to grow by 21% over the next ten years.

LEEDS Startups by Industry Classification

Tracking the top 25 most popular kinds of business in Leeds for recent startup births. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
SectorAugustJuly
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate51 ▼-34%77
Management consultancy activities other than financial management35 ▼-35%54
Other service activities n.e.c.34 ▼-33%51
Information technology consultancy activities27 ▼-33%40
Freight transport by road25 ▼-39%41
Buying and selling of own real estate24 ▼-49%47
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet24 ▼-17%29
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands24 ▼-14%28
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes24 ▲33%18
Other human health activities20 ▼-51%41
Other business support service activities n.e.c.19 ▼-24%25
Development of building projects15 ▼-21%19
Construction of domestic buildings14 14
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment14 ▼-30%20
Public houses and bars14 ▼-18%17
Other sports activities13 ▲550%2
Dormant Company13 ▼-13%15
Electrical installation12 ▼-8%13
Sale of used cars and light motor vehicles12 ▲9%11
Licensed restaurants11 ▼-15%13
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles11 ▼-8%12
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis11 ▼-42%19
Residents property management10 ▼-41%17
Other building completion and finishing10 10
Unlicensed carrier10 ▲100%5

Top LEEDS Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to give a broader overview of the startup economy.  The change indicators are how far Leeds 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 Leeds to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Leeds
Real Estate10.18% ▲1%
Food & Beverage Service9.20% ▲50%
Construction9.00% ▼-7%
Retail8.02% ▲5%
Transportation5.09% ▲34%
Other Professional Services4.31% ▼-32%
Wholesalers & Agents4.11% ▲15%
Health & Medical Services3.72% ▲27%
Sports3.52% ▲206%
Management Consulting3.42% ▼-18%
Other Services3.33% ▼-6%
Motor Trade2.84% ▲56%
Other Support Activity2.74% ▼-45%
Financial Services2.64% ▼-13%
IT Consultancy2.64% ▲1%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate10.08%
Construction9.70%
Retail7.67%
Other Professional Services6.37%
Food & Beverage Service6.13%
Other Support Activity4.97%
Management Consulting4.17%
Transportation3.80%
Wholesalers & Agents3.57%
Other Services3.56%
Financial Services3.02%
Health & Medical Services2.92%
IT Consultancy2.61%
Education2.39%
Software Publishing & Development2.02%
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

1:1

Mr68.22%
Mrs11.74%
Miss7.20%
Unknown6.87%
Ms4.43%
Dr1.55%

Age & EXPERIENCE

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.

31-4032.56%
21-3024.58%
41-5022.59%
51-6013.51%
Over 604.87%
Under 211.88%

Experience

The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.33 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.29)
Sample Size

199

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