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

Analysis Report: Economic and Business Activity in Breckland


Breckland’s economic landscape is characterised by a diverse range of sectors, with a notable presence in Construction, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Activities, and Trade. The region has a total of 32,589 employees, indicating a vibrant labor market. A modest number of company raisers and a single IPO highlight a growing, albeit cautious, business environment. Gender representation in founding and directorial roles shows a male dominance, with female representation lagging behind. The age distribution of directors suggests experienced leadership, with a significant proportion over 40 years.

Employment and Business Growth

  • Total Employees: 32,589. The region has witnessed a 5.67% growth in employee numbers, indicating a healthy job market.
  • Company Raisers: 210 companies have raised employee numbers, signaling business expansion and economic vitality.
  • Top Sectors with Increased Employment: Fashion, Nursing and Care Services, Clothing (including footwear and accessories), though they represent a tiny fraction of the total companies.
  • IPOs: 1 IPO, reflecting a burgeoning but still cautious capital market.
  • Scaleups: 49 companies identified as scaleups, showing significant business growth potential.

Sector Dynamics

  • Top Sectors: Construction (15.06%), Professional, Scientific, and Technical Activities (14.07%), and Trade (13.4%). These sectors are the backbone of Breckland’s economy.
  • Top Sectors with Company Growth: Fashion, Nursing and Care Services, and Clothing, indicating niche areas of growth.

Business Continuity

  • Company Cessations: A total of 6781 companies have ceased operations, contrasting with the number of new companies.
  • New Companies: 732 new companies in the past two years, demonstrating a dynamic but challenging business environment.

Gender and Age Dynamics

  • Founders’ Gender: 13.46% female founders versus 86.54% male, showing significant gender disparity in entrepreneurship.
  • Directors’ Gender: 28.21% female directors, still underrepresented compared to 69.25% male directors.
  • Directors’ Age Distribution: A majority of directors are over 40, indicating experienced leadership.


Breckland displays a robust and diverse economic profile with strong sectors like construction and professional services leading the way. Employment growth is positive, but the high number of company cessations suggests a challenging environment. Gender disparity in leadership roles persists, and the majority of directors are experienced, likely contributing to business stability. Overall, the region shows potential for further economic development, with a need to address the challenges of business continuity and gender disparity.

Company foundations and cessations over time

Active companies over time

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