- Footfall in March was 1.8% higher than a year ago, significantly up on the 2.9% fall in February and above the three-month average of 0.4%.
- Footfall on the high street was 2.6% higher than the previous year for March, the largest rise in eleven months
- Out-of-Town reported the greatest rise, 3.0% higher than a year ago, while footfall in shopping centers was down 0.5% on the previous year.
(Unfortunately, it looks like Easter was quieter than we all hoped)
Female entrepreneurs take charge of high street growth: FSB
- Federation of Small Businesses’ (FSB) data used in a BBC report shows the UK’s high streets have seen a dramatic number of women starting-up businesses than at any previous time
- Half (49.5%) of small firms established in the past two years in retail, or hotels, catering and leisure are owned primarily by women
- This is in stark contrast to high street businesses started more than 20 years ago. When the FSB last surveyed its members it found that only a quarter (24%) of these businesses were primarily female owned
ICT usage in enterprises in 2013: Eurostat
- In 2013, almost three quarters of enterprises employing 10 persons or more in the EU28 had a website, an increase of 6 percentage points compared with 2010 (73% compared with 67%).
- In the EU28, 30% of enterprises used at least one type of social media in 2013, although only 8% of enterprises had a formal policy for social media use.
- 28% of enterprises in the EU28 used social networks (e.g. Facebook) in 2013, 11% multi-media content sharing websites (e.g. YouTube), 10% blogs or micro blogs (e.g. Twitter) and 6% wiki-based knowledge-sharing tools.
Business Demography, 2012: ONS
- The number of business births increased by 8,000 (3.1 %) between 2011 and 2012.
- The number of business deaths increased by 25,000 (11.0%) between 2011 and 2012.
- In 2012 the births of new businesses (270,000) was greater than business deaths (255,000).
- The move towards economic recovery has seen birth rates being higher than death rates from 2011, but the gap has narrowed in 2012.
- London had the highest business birth rate at 14.8% and the highest death rate at 11.7%. Apart from London the number of birth and deaths by region were similar.
- In broad industry terms, accommodation and food services had the highest death rate, at 13.3%.