Small firms fuel economic growth

More than a third of economic growth in 2013 was created by high growth small businesses (HGSBs), a report by Octopus Investments and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has found.

HGSBs are firms that have recorded annual turnover of £1-20 million and an average annual growth of more than 20% over 3 years.

The study found:

  •  HGSBs accounted for 36.2% of economic growth in 2013
  • HGSBs created more than 250,000 jobs in 2012/13
    • this is 68% of all employment growth in the UK
  •  the number of HGSBs increased by 18% to 30,000 between 2011 and 2013
  • more than a third are located in London and the South East.

The report also made several policy recommendations to help HGSBs realise their full potential.

These include:

  • allowing firms to defer their corporation tax payments to stimulate capital investment
  • continuing to use tax breaks to encourage investment
  • measures to combat the growing skills shortage
  • a rethink of regional funding and infrastructure spending.

Graham Brough, CEO of the Cebr, said:

“The contribution of HGSBs to UK economic and employment growth is staggering – much higher than a first glance at their small size would suggest.”

Simon Rogerson, CEO of Octopus, said:

“This report shows just how vital these companies are to our economy – they are not just the lifeblood but the lifeline to our economic growth and recovery.”

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