Suffolk achieves second record year for new businesses

John Korchak says new registrations is a ‘major achievement’ (Photo: Keith Mindham)

Latest statistics show that more new businesses were established in Suffolk during 2019 than in any previous year – hitting a record high for the second year in a row.

Despite political and economic challenges, 4,518 new companies were registered in the county compared to 4,292 during 2018, representing an increase of 5.3%.

This brings the total number of registered companies in Suffolk to 36,907, up from 35,510 at the end of 2018 – which equates to 3.9% growth.

The statistics come from the Inform Direct Review of Company Formations using data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics.


Ipswich formed the highest number of new businesses (1,060), followed by Suffolk Coastal (671) and St Edmundsbury (610).

Inform Direct Infographic – Company formations in Suffolk 2019

John Korchak, Director of Operations at Inform Direct said: “Reporting a record year – the second in a row – for new company formations in Suffolk during a turbulent year, politically and economically, is a major achievement. Attracting new ventures and encouraging entrepreneurs to set up there, means that the county is clearly delivering positive support for business.

“With Brexit uncertainty casting a shadow – and some companies experiencing falling sales or choosing to relocate internationally – it is heartening that we are seeing signs of business optimism with so many new companies being created. This picture is mirrored nationally with an all-time high of nearly 700,000 new businesses formed in the UK as a whole.”

Alongside this record number of formations – 690,763 compared to 669,855 in 2018 – the overall number of UK companies also continued to grow, with a new high of 4,471,008, a 3.8% increase on the total of 4,308,022 at the end of 2018.

To see a more detailed picture of company formations in Suffolk – including a full local breakdown, see here. And click here to see the report in full.

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