It’s Pie Week! But what’s in a small business pie?

Assuming you haven’t given them up for Lent, we hope you’re enjoying the pies during Pie Week! Savoury, sweet or perhaps both?
To celebrate, we thought we’d share a “data” pie, just to highlight the diversity of small businesses blossoming in London in recent years. In which slice does your business sit?


 This tasty main course shows the relative number of small businesses – those with fewer than 10 employees – across various industries. There are 322k work places included in this sample. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) last compiled its London business analysis in July 2013, so this data is as of 2012, but it still makes for interesting reading.

And for your reading pleasure, as it’s pie week, here’s a version of the above chart on a real pie:


For dessert, here’s one more little sweetener: since the peak in 2008 through the financial crisis to 2011, the number of small businesses based in London, in the accommodation and food service industry, dropped by 6.5%. That three year decline was undone in a single year, 2011 to 2012, where the number of small businesses leapt by 6.1%. Here’s the historic chart, which while not any form of pie, is in the form of a mountain chart. So we’ve added a skier.


We’re hungry for more releases from the ONS on London businesses to see how these figures have changed.

 If you run a small business in London, pie-oriented or not, you can see your credit score and check out your suppliers, customers and competitors at

p.s. If you’re looking for some meaty treats, Time Out has some suggestions on where to find the best pies: 


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