Against a background of rising unemployment and falling numbers of job vacancies in the North East, Gateshead Council is preparing to offer ambitious job-seekers a helping hand – out of the increasingly-crowded jobs market and into self-employment.

Data published by the consultancy BankSearch suggests that business start-ups are generally concentrated in areas of Gateshead with the highest levels of deprivation. Their figures show that of the 1,210 new businesses starting up in Gateshead during 2010, more than a third (37.5%) were from the 20% most deprived areas in the borough. Only 4% of new businesses came from the top 20% most affluent areas.

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Article by Gateshead Council.

Data partially sourced from the BankSearch Business Start Up Interactive Database.