Where are the Entrepreneurial Hotspots of the UK?

Where are the Entrepreneurial Hotspots of the UK?

08 OCTOBER 2020

Brown Shipley, reveals the UK regions where you are most likely to find entrepreneurial generated wealth.

The results come from a comprehensive research study1 of the nation’s wealthy. This survey of over 4000 UK consumers included a representative sample of over 800 of the nation’s ‘wealthy’ – defined as those with more than £100,000 in assets that they can readily access, 350 of whom have more than £250,000 in assets.2

The research found that the wealthy in certain regions appear to be more entrepreneurial than others.  In the North East, for example  30% of the wealthy say that their entrepreneurialism contributed to their wealth; whilst a similar number, 31%, cite the sale of a business as an important factor.  The regions where more than one in ten of the wealthy cite entrepreneurialism as a key factor in their wealth are:
Region Entrepreneurialism Sale of Business Plan to start /invest in new business post COVID-19
London 36% 21% 56%
East Midlands 30% 11% 38%
North East 30% 31% 37%
South East 18% 14% 43%
Northern Ireland 16% 8% 24%
West Midlands 14% 10% 34%
South West 10% 3% 7%
Yorkshire & Humber 10% 2% 14%


Across the UK, nearly one in five (18%) cite entrepreneurialism as a key contributor to their wealth with one in ten saying the sale of a business was a factor.

Not surprisingly – entrepreneurialism is more prevalent in those who have generated more personal wealth – 48% for those with more than £1m in financial assets and 66% for those with more than £2m.

In terms of what the wealthy plan to do with their money – those regions which show a higher percentage of entrepreneurial wealth also have a higher proportion of wealthy individuals that say they are planning to invest in a business to kick start the economy post COVID-19. What is encouraging is that in all regions bar one, the research suggests more of the nation’s wealthy will be investing to help kick start the economy than gained their wealth through running a business or being entrepreneurial.

The regions that could see the biggest investments include London, where over one in two (56%) say they will invest in a business. In the South East it is 43% ; in the East Midlands 38% and North East 37% it is a similar number; while in the West Midlands it is just overone in three (34%), Northern Ireland slightly less than one in four (24%) and in Yorkshire and Humber it is one in seven (14%). It is only the South West where we see a drop in the entrepreneurial spirit – with only one in twelve (7%) planning to use their wealth to invest or start a new business – despite on in ten (10%) claiming entrepreneurial skills.

Nationally, nearly one in five (19%) of those with more than £250,000 in assets said they intended to buy a small business in the future to keep themselves busy, and a further 35% said they are planning on investing in a new business to help kickstart the economy post COVID-19.

Commenting on the research, Alan Mathewson, Chief Executive Officer of Brown Shipley said, “It is great to see that there could be significant reinvestment by the wealthy in UK businesses post COVID-19; let’s hope this desire and ambition bears fruit and we see the wealthy look to help out in their communities and create jobs. Our Relationship Managers across the UK are ideally suited to offer guidance whatever the wealthy plan to do in these uncertain times.”


Source and Notes
1: Opinium Research asked a representative sample of 4,002 UK adults between 16-18 June 2020. 817 of these have estimated financial assets in excess of £100,000. These are described as ‘wealthy’ in the press release. 357 of these have estimated financial assets in excess of £250,000 are described as ‘ultra-wealthy’ in the press release.

2: Financial assets include all assets apart from the main financial residence.

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