This is an interesting survey from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. I encourage you to look at the evidence.
via Economic Forecast: UK | ICAEW.
I was particularly interested in the page related to productivity and the Northern divide. What was alarming was the statistics related to the number of small businesses by region.
Let me ask two open question:
Why should the number of small businesses per ten thousand people be so much greater in London than the North of England?