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A study conducted by Forbes Advisor reveals the UK industries thriving in 2023 with the fishing sector leading the way

Study Reveals the UK Industries Thriving In 2023: Fishing Sector Leads the Way

  • The Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing industry had the highest business survival rate in Q2 2023, with 42% fewer business closures compared to Q2 2022
  • The Health and Social Care sector had the largest number of business ‘births’ (+8%)
  • There has been a notable 15% improvement in business survival rates in Q2 2023 vs Q2 2022
  • The Accommodation and Food Services sector was the worst hit industry for business closures (+2%) in Q2 2023

The business experts at Forbes Advisor have analysed the most recent UK business demography statistics to reveal the most thriving industries in 2023 so far. Findings indicate a notable improvement in business survival rates on the Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) in Quarter 2 (April to June) 2023, compared to the same period in 2023. 

The data shows a 15% decrease in business closures year-on-year during Q2 2023. In total 84,150 businesses were removed from the IDBR, compared to 99,440 closures recorded in Q2 2022.

The Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing industry recorded the highest business survival rate. Overall there were 42% fewer business closures within the sector in Q2 2023 compared to Q2 2022 (1,710 vs 2,970).

This was followed by both the Transportation and Storage and Professional, Scientific and Technical sectors. The two industries experienced a 25% decrease in business closures (10,105 in 2022 vs 7,560 in 2023 and 16,760 in 2022 vs 12,575 in 2023 respectively).

Contrastingly, findings revealed that the Accommodation and Food Services industry faced the most significant business closures. A total of 7,035 businesses shutdown in Q2 2023 compared with 6,865 in Q2 2022 (a rise of 2%).

Sectors with the highest survival rate


Business closures Q2 2022

Business closures Q2 2023

Total Difference Q2 2022 vs Q2 2023

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing




Transportation and Storage




Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities




Information and Communication








Sectors experiencing the greatest growth in business ‘births’

The number of businesses added to the IDBR in Q2 2023, compared to the same period in the previous year, has fallen 14%. The largest number of business birth rates was recorded in the Health and Social Care sector with 3,400 business births in Q2 2023 vs 3,125 in Q2 2022 (+8%). 

The Real Estate sector also witnessed a modest rise in new business registers, marking a slight increase (+0.6%) from 3,090 businesses registered in Q2 2022 compared with 3,110 in Q2 2023. 

The Professional, Scientific, and Technical industries experienced a small decline compared to the previous year, with a marginal decrease (-0.7%) from 12,455 in Q2 2022 to 12,360 in Q2 2023. 

London reported the highest number of business ‘births’ compared to any other region in the UK, with 16,260 new businesses registered in Q2 2023. Wales had the most significant decrease, with 2,580 businesses born in Q2 2023 compared to 3,465 in Q2 2022 (-34%)


Business births Q2 2022

Business births Q2 2023

Total Difference Q2 2022 vs Q2 2023

Health and Social Care




Real Estate




Professional, Scientific and Technical Industries








Arts, entertainment and recreation services




Kevin Pratt, business commentator at Forbes Advisor, says:

“The 15% improvement in business survival rates is a sign of resilience in the face of economic challenges. Businesses must remain vigilant and seek out new opportunities and adapt to the changing market to maintain growth and stay competitive.

“Cost pressures will remain a thorn in the side of all businesses, as the figures from the Accommodation and Food Services Sector show. Labour shortages and associated upward pressure on wages, raw material costs, sky-high energy bills and weak consumer demand have clearly taken their toll.

“But elsewhere the signs are more positive. The improved survival rate in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing perhaps suggests improved conditions for those at the head of the supply chain. And Health and Social Care will only assume greater importance as our population ages and more people need such services.


Source: Press Release

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