What is the Most Popular Time to Start a Business?

What is the Most Popular Time to Start a Business?

The study by UK financial services provider CMC Markets analysed the latest ONS data on weekly company incorporations to determine the best time to start a business. It found that from Saturday 4th June to Friday 10th June 2022, 18,386 new businesses were created at Companies House.

This was the fifth highest number of new business incorporations since records of weekly data began at the start of 2019. This number of weekly incorporations equates to 2,627 per day and 109 per hour.

What is a Business or Company Incorporation?

A company incorporation is when a company is added to the Companies House register of limited companies. This can also include where an existing business applies to become a limited company, where it wasn’t one before.

What Other Data Was Found?

In April 2022, there were a total of 79,120 new businesses; this is the highest monthly number of incorporations in 2022 and the third highest since weekly records began. July 2020, the height of the pandemic saw the highest total number of new businesses with 88,070 incorporations, closely followed by 84,339 in October 2020.

The study revealed that 2022 saw the highest number of businesses created in a year since the records began, with 778,220 incorporations. This equates to a weekly average of 14,966 new businesses which is ahead of pre-covid figures in 2019.

In 2019, there was a total of 670,575 new business incorporations and a weekly average of 12,896. The data reveals there has been a steady increase in new businesses since the pandemic.

Number of Business Incorporations in 2022

MonthWeekly AverageMonthly Total
Source: ONS Company incorporations 
YearTotal IncorporationsWeekly AverageDaily Rate of Company Incorporation ApplicationsHourly Rate of Company Incorporation Applications
Source: ONS Company incorporations 

“The impact of the pandemic appears to have sparked a passion for entrepreneurialism in the UK, which has continued to grow. It will be interesting to see if the number of incorporations continues to increase into 2023.” 

A spokesperson from CMC Markets commented on the findings

CMC Markets is a UK-based financial services company.