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In 2023, The Gender Index suggests there were 67,388 companies in Northern Ireland, equivalent to 1.48% of all UK companies and representing an increase of 2,621 companies over the previous 12 months. As such, Northern Ireland was one of the few UK regions to experience a growth in the stock of companies over the year.
This section of the report will provide an analysis of Scottish businesses as indicated in The Gender Index dataset (2022). The Gender Index examined the leadership of 4.4 million businesses across the U.K., illustrating that as of January 2022, 16.8% of firms were stated to be female–led as compared to: male–led (60.3%), mixed (16.5%) and uncertain/undeterminable (6.4%). For Scotland, the average number of female–led businesses is 15.4%, which is slightly below the U.K. average.
This report presents key findings for Wales from analysis of The Gender Index data on women business leadership in Wales. UK Office for National Statistics business demography statistics show that 99.4% of businesses in Wales in 2019 were SMEs (250 or fewer employees), with SMEs contributing 38% of private sector business turnover and 62% of employment in Wales. Improving inclusivity in entrepreneurship has been a policy priority for Wales for over two decades.
The Gender Index provides the first comprehensive analysis of gender–leadership of companies across the UK. The period covered by this report includes the 12–months from February 2021 to January 2022. During this period, an active population of 4,411,842 UK companies was recorded, with 64,767 (1.46 %) of these in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland, like other parts of the UK is dominated by micro–companies (less than 10 employees) accounting for 57,237 or 88.3% of all companies, with only 7,530 (11.6%) with 10 or more employees.