Top UK Councils by Average Employee Growth 2020-2021

Top UK Councils by Employee Growth | 2022 Ranking

Lucy Wilson, 23 December 2022

In April this year, the Government launched the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) as part of its Levelling Up agenda. The UKSPF will invest £2.6b across the UK over the next three years, to support the Government’s wider objectives of: boosting productivity, pay, jobs and living standards through private sector growth; spreading opportunities and improving public services; restoring a sense of community and local pride; empowering local community leaders. 

Local areas will be allocated varying amounts of funding, and councils are now starting to declare their plans. With huge regional disparities in the UK investment landscape, it will be interesting to see how these funds impact business growth at the local and regional level. In the meantime, let’s explore which ecosystems have grown the most in recent years.

Top councils for fast-growing companies in the UK

We’ve ranked the top 50 councils across the country by average employee growth in 2021. During the analysis, we looked at all active UK companies that had:

At the top of the ranking is Middlesbrough, followed by London councils Hackney and City of London… Did your local council make the list? Find out below.

Local authority Average employee growth (2020-2021)
1
Middlesbrough
10.5%
2
Hackney
6.15%
3
City of London
5.89%
4
Barnsley
5.65%
5
Isles of Scilly
5.63%
6
Cannock Chase
5.49%
7
Nottingham
5.34%
8
South Derbyshire
5.25%
9
Kirklees
5.02%
10
Chesterfield
4.96%
11
Milton Keynes
4.80%
12
Newham
4.73%
13
South Staffordshire
4.58%
14
Tower Hamlets
4.42%
15
Southwark
4.35%
16
Leicester
4.02%
17
Stoke-on-Trent
3.94%
18
Sutton
3.79%
19
Cherwell
3.73%
20
Fermanagh and Omagh
3.65%
21
Gloucester
3.65%
22
Midlothian
3.54%
23
Warrington
3.52%
24
Cambridge
3.52%
25
Hammersmith and Fulham
3.46%
26
North Tyneside
3.41%
27
Hyndburn
3.35%
28
Stirling
3.35%
29
Dumfries and Galloway
3.35%
30
Slough
3.28%
31
Redcar and Cleveland
3.20%
32
Worthing
3.05%
33
Ashfield
3.02%
34
West Lancashire
3.00%
35
Watford
2.94%
36
Torridge
2.93%
37
Rhondda Cynon Taf
2.92%
38
Test Valley
2.89%
39
East Devon
2.88%
40
City of Bristol
2.86%
41
Bromsgrove
2.57%
42
Sunderland
2.51%
43
Sheffield
2.49%
44
Peterborough
2.49%
45
Lambeth
2.48%
46
Cheshire West and Chester
2.40%
47
Chorley
2.38%
48
Epsom and Ewell
2.37%
49
Wigan
2.37%
50
Barking and Dagenham
2.36%

Want to explore the data behind this ranking? Beauhurst can help you identify the highest potential companies in your region—those that will be driving the majority of this employee growth. Book a demo below to learn more.

Uncover trends in your local business ecosystem.

Get access to unrivalled data on all the companies you need to know about, so you can approach the right leads, at the right time.

Book a demo today to see key features of the Beauhurst platform, as well as the depth and breadth of data available.

An associate will work with you to build a sophisticated search, returning a dynamic list of organisations that match your ideal customer profile.

“It’s taken us an eternity to find the same companies that Beauhurst listed in just minutes!”

Sign up today to get a free demo where you can access the platform.

We’ll help you navigate the platform, so you can:

Everything will be customised around your business and needs, so you can explore relevant data and get the most out of the platform.

Did you know? Beauhurst is the only provider of unannounced fundraisings data—which account for 70% of all fundraisings. Don’t miss out! Sign up now.

Enter your info now to try Beauhurst:

Beauhurst is a single source of truth on the UK’s high-growth economy – it truly is our guiding light in finding the right businesses to approach.

Propel.svg
BGF.svg
BGF.svg