LATEST statistics show that more new businesses were established in North Yorkshire during 2019 than in any previous year – hitting a record high for the second year in a row.

Despite political and economic challenges, 7,260 new companies were registered in the county compared to 6,822 during 2018, representing an increase of 6.4 per cent.

This brings the total number of registered companies in North Yorkshire to 54,481, up from 52,860 at the end of 2018 - which equates to 3.1 per cent growth.

The statistics come from the Inform Direct Review of Company Formations using data from Companies House and the Office for National Statistics.

York formed the highest number of new businesses (1,479), followed by Middlesbrough (1,246) and Harrogate (1,152).

John Korchak, director of operations at Inform Direct said: “Reporting a record year – the second in a row – for new company formations in North Yorkshire during a turbulent year, politically and economically, is a major achievement.”

“Attracting new ventures and encouraging entrepreneurs to set up there, means that the county is clearly delivering positive support for business.

He added: “With Brexit uncertainty casting a shadow – and some companies experiencing falling sales or choosing to relocate internationally – it is heartening that we are seeing signs of business optimism with so many new companies being created.

“This picture is mirrored nationally with an all-time high of nearly 700,000 new businesses formed in the UK as a whole.”

Alongside this record number of formations – 690,763 compared to 669,855 in 2018 – the overall number of UK companies also continued to grow, with a new high of 4,471,008, a 3.8% increase on the total of 4,308,022 at the end of 2018.

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