NEW figures show that 5,598 new companies were formed in West Sussex during 2017.

This brings the total number of registered companies in West Sussex to 49,845, up from 48,518 at the end of 2016, which equates to 2.7 per cent growth.

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

Mid Sussex formed the most new businesses (1,162), followed by Horsham (974) and Chichester (811).

John Korchak, Director of Operations at Inform Direct said: “These figures for new company formations during 2017 show that West Sussex continues to be a fertile ground for entrepreneurs and new business ventures.

“Although a successful year, there was a fall in the number of new businesses established in 2017, compared to the previous year – 5,598 versus 5,996 in 2016 – which mirrors the national trend.

“This slowdown could be attributed, at least in part, to ongoing political uncertainty and concern in the business community over the impact of Brexit.”

Across the UK as a whole, there was a reduction in the number of new company formations – 634,116 compared with 664,720 at the end of 2016.

However the number of registered companies in the UK continued to grow, passing the 4,000,000 milestone during 2017 and finishing the year with a total of 4,120,349.

Of the 569,585 formations in England, 205,527 were in London. 34,002 companies were formed in Scotland, 17,408 in Wales and 7,398 in Northern Ireland.

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