Retail Startups

Retail startups tracked through the UK.

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STARTUPS Born Last Month

3913

Total new company registrations climbed from 2,666 to 3,913 between December and January.

The Retail Industry

The retail sector covers everything sold face to face one way or another.¬†For the purpose of our analysis we’ve grouped several SIC codes together and ignored retail online / mail order. If you need more specifics or are interested how we can help you market to the sector – please get in touch.

Retail Startup SIC Codes Analysed

Measuring the kinds of business in Retail for recent startup births. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
SectorJanuaryDecember
Other retail sale not in stores, stalls or markets638 ▲49%428
Other retail sale in non-specialised stores477 ▲42%336
Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores462 ▲37%338
Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating318 ▲37%232
Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores144 ▲38%104
Retail sale via stalls and markets of textiles, clothing and footwear142 ▲67%85
Other retail sale of food in specialised stores134 ▲58%85
Retail of furniture, lighting, and similar (not musical instruments or scores) in specialised store124 ▲70%73
Other retail sale of new goods in specialised stores (not commercial art galleries and opticians)116 ▲61%72
Retail sale of watches and jewellery in specialised stores111 ▲79%62
Retail sale of sports goods, fishing gear, camping goods, boats and bicycles110 ▲47%75
Retail sale of flowers, plants, seeds, fertilizers, pet animals and pet food in specialised stores97 ▲83%53
Retail sale of mobile telephones88 ▲69%52
Retail sale via stalls and markets of other goods85 ▲20%71
Retail sale of bread, cakes, flour confectionery and sugar confectionery in specialised stores81 ▲45%56
Retail sale of textiles in specialised stores66 ▲50%44
Retail sale of beverages in specialised stores62 ▲82%34
Retail sale of computers, peripheral units and software in specialised stores60 ▲2%59
Retail sale of carpets, rugs, wall and floor coverings in specialised stores57 ▲84%31
Retail sale of games and toys in specialised stores57 ▲36%42
Retail sale of footwear in specialised stores55 ▲67%33
Retail sale via stalls and markets of food, beverages and tobacco products53 ▲61%33
Retail sale of telecommunications equipment other than mobile telephones46 ▲44%32
Retail sale of other second-hand goods in stores (not incl. antiques)44 ▲69%26
Retail sale of meat and meat products in specialised stores42 ▲27%33
Retail sale in commercial art galleries40 ▲60%25
Retail sale of fruit and vegetables in specialised stores36 ▲44%25
Retail sale of newspapers and stationery in specialised stores29 ▲190%10
Retail sale of books in specialised stores27 ▲42%19
Retail sale of hardware, paints and glass in specialised stores27 ▲80%15
Retail sale of electrical household appliances in specialised stores26 ▲8%24
Retail sale of medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores (not incl. hearing aids) n.e.c.23 ▲28%18
Retail sale of leather goods in specialised stores21 ▲11%19
Retail sale of antiques including antique books in stores15 ▼-32%22

UK REGIONS FOR RETAIL ACTIVITY

London23.64%
Midlands10.22%
North East10.22%
North West9.05%
Anglia8.10%
South Central7.92%
South East6.70%
Scotland4.73%
South West4.17%
Wales2.10%
Northern Ireland1.12%

Popular Words Used In Retail Startup Names

We analysed the words used in company names across the sector for the month. Percentages represent the frequency of use of that particular word.

TRADING2.22%
STORE1.58%
FOOD1.48%
CLOTHING1.35%
RETAIL1.30%
LONDON1.25%
GROUP1.20%
SHOP1.18%
SERVICES1.18%
MARKET< 1%
HOUSE< 1%
CONVENIENCE< 1%
BOUTIQUE< 1%
FURNITURE< 1%
FOODS< 1%
HOME< 1%
CENTRE< 1%
INTERNATIONAL< 1%
WINE< 1%
FLOORING< 1%
MINI< 1%
INTERIORS< 1%
ENTERPRISES< 1%
TRADERS< 1%
BEAUTY< 1%
GIFTS< 1%
FLOWERS< 1%
FASHION< 1%
CARPETS< 1%
NEWS< 1%
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

Mr60.98%
Mrs14.56%
Miss11.48%
Unknown7.09%
Ms5.28%
Dr0.47%
Sir0.06%
Director0.03%
Me0.03%
Prof0.03%

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.

31-4034.13%
21-3026.63%
41-5021.07%
51-6011.73%
Over 603.86%
Under 212.58%

Experience

The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.17 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.26)
Sample Size

199

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More UK STartup Resources

See our growing data sets on other regions and sectors. In most reports we track numbers of startups, experience and age of the Directors and try to get a handle on the male / female balance of Directors.