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The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.

Analysis Report: Economic and Business Activity in Babergh


Babergh demonstrates a diverse economic landscape, highlighted by its strong presence in professional, scientific, technical, and construction sectors. The region has experienced noticeable growth in employment, with a particular emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and a notable participation of female founders and directors in the business ecosystem.

Employment and Business Growth

  • Total Employees: 30,578. The area has witnessed a steady growth in employment, with a 8.66% increase in employee numbers, indicating a robust job market.
  • Employee Growth Rate: 8.66%. This healthy growth rate suggests a dynamic economic environment conducive to job creation.
  • Number of Scale-ups: 30. The presence of scale-ups indicates a supportive environment for business expansion.
  • Top Sectors with Employment Growth: Professional, scientific, and technical activities; Construction; Wholesale and retail trade. These sectors are pivotal in driving employment growth in the region.

Sector Dynamics

  • Top Sectors by Company Numbers: Professional, scientific and technical activities (851 companies), Construction (749 companies), Wholesale/Retail Trade (644 companies). These sectors form the backbone of Babergh’s economy.
  • Sectors Showing the Most Growth: Other retail, Pubs and clubs, Consumer banking and financial services, E-commerce, Internet platforms. This diverse range of growing sectors suggests a balanced and evolving economic landscape.

Business Continuity

  • Total Number of Companies: 5,469. This reflects a vibrant business community.
  • New Companies in Last 2 Years: 1,059. The region shows a promising environment for new businesses.
  • Number of SMEs: 4,346. SMEs form a significant part of the local economy, indicating a strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Company Cessations: 443. This figure suggests a relatively stable business environment, with a moderate number of closures.

Diversity in Leadership

  • Percentage of Female Founders: 17.86%. While lower than male participation, this indicates a growing trend of female entrepreneurship.
  • Percentage of Female Directors: 30.08%. This is a positive indicator of gender diversity in leadership roles within companies.


Babergh presents a dynamic and diversified economic profile with a significant emphasis on professional services, construction, and trade. The area shows healthy growth in employment and new business formation, underpinned by a strong presence of SMEs. The involvement of women in founding and directing companies, though still evolving, adds to the diversity of the business landscape.

Company foundations and cessations over time

Active companies over time

The information is accurate as of 31 December 2022.
Data courtesy of Beauhurst.