9 stats to ponder on World Statistics Day…

national statistics day

Between 2009 and 2013, the top 5 cities which “gave birth to” the largest number of new business are (in descending order): London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow

The smallest number of ‘business births’ in that period was in the Isles of Scilly, which had 40

As of 2014, the origin of the UK’s food is about 55% from the UK, 29% from Europe, 9% from Asia, Australasia and Africa, and 7% from the Americas

Only 6% of land area of the UK is urban – 38% is grassland, 25% is arable and 12% is woodland. The rest is mountain, heath, bog and coastal

Since 2005, the proportion of energy that the UK uses that is from renewable sources has grown by 270%. As of 2013, it’s 5.2% of the total energy use, compared with 1.4% in 2005

Out of the whole of England, the people of Wigan made the fewest complaints about noise during 2013

36% of all trips with urban areas in the UK are taken by walking or cycling (as of 2013)

The percentage of people smoking in the UK has dropped from 21.1% in 2009 to 18.4% in 2013 (stats courtesy of the ONS)

The average mobile phone owner checks their phone 200 times per day (that’s over 1,500 times per week!)


and one more for luck…

The average value of invoices overdue to UK SMEs  –  £6,142…so make sure you’re using CreditHQ to combat the problem of late payments and make sure you’re staying on top of your small business’ cash-flow.

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