New Research Reveals the Top Business Start-up Professions for 2010 

by josh whiten Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Analysis of exclusive UK start ups data released by Selectabase has revealed the top trades and professions chosen when starting a new business in 2010.

The most popular types of new business to be started in 2010 were from the computing, hair and beauty or home improvement sectors, new research has revealed.

For example the most popular start up profession in 2010 was as an electrician, followed by other consistently popular businesses like plumbers, hairdressers and computer services. These trades and professions were also amongst the top start ups in 2009.

However domestic cleaning, photographers and garden services all increased in popularity as start up choices, with all three jumping several positions into the top 10 start up industries for last year compared to 2009.

The research was carried out on data collected for the Startupsplus small business marketing service from Selectabase, which tracks new and changing businesses throughout the year and alerts potential local suppliers of these potential sales opportunities.

Out of the 1350 different industries represented amongst UK start ups last year, the top 10 sectors accounted for over 14% of all start up activity.

Whilst the overall number of new business start ups fell slightly from 2009 to 2010 by just over 6%, the top 10 start up professions held their own with very little difference in volume compared to last year.

More information about Startupsplus is available at


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12 months data from the Startupsplus marketing service was analysed to obtain the results given below, with the 2009 ranking provided in brackets:

1. Electricians & Electrical Contractors (3)
2. Plumbers (2)
3. Cleaning – Domestic (10)
4. Hairdressers (1)
5. Computer Services (4)
6. Builders (5)
7. Internet Web Design & Development (8)
8. Beauty Salons & Consultants (6)
9. Garden Services (14)
10. Photographers (16)

Startupsplus is a direct marketing service which provides subscribers with monthly lists of new, relocating and changing ownership businesses in their local postcode area. Data is obtained from a number of reputable sources and is cross checked for accuracy to give a complete picture of UK start up activity. Data includes all forms of business (sole traders, limited companies etc.) and also features both VAT and non VAT registered businesses.

Startupsplus is provided by Selectabase, one of the UK’s leading independent direct marketing list providers, and members of the Direct Marketing Association. More information about Selectabase services is available at or by calling 01304 382211.

Selectabase Ltd
6 Sondes Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BW
T: 01304 382211
F: 01304 382200

Josh Whiten of Whiten Marketing, digital marketing consultant in Folkestone Kent.

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