LinkedIn census reveals surge in UK entrepreneurship

More Britons than ever are striking out on their own to start a business, as fresh figures suggest the UK’s largest firms are most vulnerable to the lure of the entrepreneurial world.

Professional social network LinkedIn analysed its 23m UK members in the 12 months from April 2016 to find growth among all kinds of enterprise.

The number of users identifying as a sole trader increased by 13.5 per cent in that year, while those registered as an “entrepreneur” increased by 6.4 per cent.

Micro company founders, employing up to ten staff, grew by 4.1 per cent in the 12 months from April 2016.

Looking at which sectors were most popular for new founders, architecture and engineering generated a 17.9 per cent increase since last April. Professional services were also an up-and-coming destination, showing 16.9 per cent year-on-year rise.

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