Business counts

Number of enterprises – total and by employment sizeband

In 2017, there were 52,010 private sector enterprises in the North East LEP area. 

  • This is equivalent to 319 private sector enterprises for every 10,000 adults in the North East
  • The North East has fewer private sector enterprises per head than England, England excluding London and the other core city LEPs
  • If the North East LEP had the same rate of private sector enterprises per capita as England excluding London, there would be an additional 25,800 enterprises.


Looking at the private sector enterprises in the North East LEP area in more detail:

  • In common with the national picture, the majority are micro-enterprises (employing between 0 and 9). There are 45,470 enterprises in this category, accounting for 87% of all private sector enterprises
  • 5,460 enterprises are small (employing 10 to 49), 890 are medium (employing 50 to 249) and 190 are large (employing 250 or over). A slightly higher proportion of enterprises in the North East LEP area are medium or large than in England excluding London or England (2.1% compared to 1.7% in both national comparisons)
  • The sector profile is broadly similar to the national picture and those in other core city LEPs.  


Private sector enterprises per 10,000 adult population, 2017

Last updated:
02/03/2018
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: UK Business Counts (Nomis)

Data information: Based on the North East LEP area

  1.  Enterprises are defined as the smallest combination of legal units (generally based on VAT or PAYE records) that has a certain degree of autonomy within an enterprise group.
  2.  Adult population is defined as aged 16 and over.





Breakdown of private sector enterprises (% of total) by employment sizeband, 2017

Last updated:
02/03/2018
Published by:
North East LEP

Source: UK Business Counts (Nomis)

Data information: Based on the North East LEP area

Enterprises are defined as the smallest combination of legal units (generally based on VAT or PAYE records) that has a certain degree of autonomy within an enterprise group.