Business survival rates in Blackpool have prospered over the rest of the country, new research reveals.
The Lancashire seaside resort - with a population of 240,000 - has a high unemployment rate compared to the national average, but is the most improved for business survival rates.
Blackpool’s businesses are heavily reliant on the skills and competencies of local residents, providing an important resource for labour, investment and business.
Belfast tops the list across the whole of the UK, showing a 44 per cent decrease in rate of closures between 2010 and 2015.
Mansfield (3rd), Sunderland (4th), and Worthing (5th) make up the remaining top five improved locations across the UK.
These three locations showed on average a 19% improvement in business survival rates, a considerably higher figure than the average of 3 per cent found across the 64 cities covered.
The new research - which analysed the most recently available figures was carried out by London insolvency practitioners Hudson Weir.
The research compared 64 UK towns and cities, highlighting the number of businesses to close per 10,000 population.
Somewhat surprisingly, some of the UK’s biggest business hubs, such as London and Edinburgh, showed a significant drop in business survival rates.
These cities were both in the top 10 for increased business closures - Edinburgh showed an 11 per cent increase, slightly higher than London’s 9 per cent.
London’s start-up businesses in particular have been found to struggle with steep business rates and skyrocketing commercial rent prices.
And there was bad news for business owners in Northampton and Aberdeen, with both showing a 34 per cent increase in businesses closing down.
Businesses struggling to stay open in Northampton has been attributed to a decrease in high street customers and sales revenues since around 2012.
Aberdeen has been hit hard by the global oil crisis, with slumping oil prices resulting in job losses and business closures.
Plymouth had the third highest increase in business closures (20 per cent), followed by Luton (18 per cent closure increase) and Oxford (17 per cent increase).
Top Ten Cities showing the greatest decrease (per cent) in business closure rates between 2010 and 2015
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Top Ten Cities showing the greatest increase (per cent) in business closure rates between 2010 and 2015
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However, it is clear that there are areas in the UK where businesses continue to struggle due to varying factors such as the weak pound, increased price of imports and increasing overheads. We would recommend that any business concerned about their long-term success should seek advice from an insolvency specialist, as early intervention is key to business turnaround and recovery.”
About Hudson Weir:
Hudson Weir are a firm of city-based licensed insolvency practitioners specialising in corporate insolvency. Their partners, also chartered accountants and chartered tax advisers, are all specialists in the SME sector, with a particular focus on practical, cost effective solutions.
Full table of Cities showing the greatest decrease (per cent) in business closure rates between 2010 and 2015
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