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Starting new business? Better move to west London

Westminster was the star performer in West London with 9,984 businesses starting-up at a rate of 428 per 10,000 of the population - the second highest in the UK

Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

West London is one of the best areas of the UK this year when it comes to starting new businesses.

In the first six months of 2015, 26,602 companies were set up in the area according to data from Companies House, the UK's official registrar of businesses.

This is the equivalent of 130.7 businesses for every 10,000 people living in the local authority which is more than double the average of 48.9 per 10,000 for the UK as a whole.

It is also higher than the rate for London on its own which stands at 119.5 per 10,000.

Westminster was the star performer in west London with 9,984 businesses starting-up at a rate of 428 per 10,000 of the population - the second highest rate for anywhere in the UK.

Harrow was also in the top 15 with 117.6 businesses per head.

Hillingdon had the slowest business start-up rate in west London with 117.6 per 10,000 starting in the first six months of this year, although this was still far better than the national average.

Across the UK as a whole, just over 316,000 businesses have registered with Companies House in the first half of 2015 at a rate of 48.9 per 10,000 people.

England had more business starts per head than any of the other three UK nations with 52.8 per 10,000 people and 40.4 per 10,000 once London is excluded.

Scotland was the next most likely place for businesses to set up shop with 33.1 per 10,000 starting between January and June this year while in Wales it was 25.6 per 10,000 and in Northern Ireland it was 20.3 per 10,000.

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