About the data
In terms of business numbers, the starkest differences are that Somerset has proportionally more agriculture, forestry and fishing businesses, whilst regionally and nationally there are proportionally more businesses in professional, scientific and technical activities, as well as in information and communication. The latter are typically associated with higher paid employment opportunities. In Somerset there are proportionally more manufacturing businesses.
It is important to remember, however, that business numbers are not in themselves indicative of the significance of a given industry to the economy. In order to this one needs to consider the contribution a given industry makes to jobs, economic output and productivity. This is dealt with under the ‘Industries & Sectors’ section of this website.
Source: ONS, NOMIS, UK Business Counts 2018