Britain has the 4th highest number of micro-businesses per capita

Vistaprint’s Global Micro-Business Impact Report investigates the importance micro-businesses have to the global economy.

Britain is revealed to rank as the fourth most micro-business dense country in the world, with 81 micro-businesses to every thousand people.

The Czech Republic beats The United States and Indonesia to claim the title of country with the most per capita – with 89 for every thousand Czechs.

This is according to the Global Micro-Business Impact Report, released by Vistaprint. The new report investigates the impact micro-businesses have on the global economy, by combining and comparing the latest available data from research leaders such as The European Commission and OECD.

Whilst the UK ranks highly in entrepreneurship, micro-businesses contribute less to Gross Value Added (GVA) and employment compared to other countries.

These businesses make up a fifth (20.4 per cent) of the UK economy (measured in GVA), narrowly missing the global average of 20.5 per cent, whilst Norway sees two-fifths (38.1 per cent) of its GVA come from micro-businesses – the highest globally.

UK micro-businesses employ 17.3 per cent of the British workforce, which is just above half the global average of 32.3 per cent. Comparatively, Australia’s micro-businesses employ 44.5 per cent of their workforce and Spain’s employ 41.1 per cent.

Oliver Harcourt, head of Vistaprint UK says, ‘Small businesses are an essential part of the UK economy and it’s fantastic to see we have so many micro-businesses among us. The results from the research truly show the entrepreneurial spirit Britain embodies. However, it’s important we recognise the challenges micro-businesses are currently facing, including political and economic uncertainty, business rate increases and dampened consumer confidence. We, as the UK, need to ensure we continue to create an environment in which micro-businesses can thrive and grow.’

The results from this report draw attention to the importance of micro-businesses to the UK economy, whilst highlighting the potential gains that could come from increased support.

The 10 most micro-business dense countries

*Number per 1000 people
1. Czech Republic (89)
2. Indonesia (86)
3. United States of America (86)
4. United Kingdom (81)
5. Portugal (72)
6. Slovakia (69)
7. Iceland (68)
8. Liechtenstein (67)
9. Sweden (66)
Paraguay (62)

Further reading on micro-businesses

Owen Gough, SmallBusiness UK

Owen Gough

Owen was a reporter for Bonhill Group plc writing across the and titles before moving on to be a Digital Technology reporter for the

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