In 2015 there were 5,530 active businesses in the borough.  The overall Birth figures of 710 is back to pre-recession levels. There were 585 business Deaths, compared with the the recession high of 605 in 2010. This illustrates some increasing robustness in the local economy, following previous stagnated growth in Gateshead. Gateshead has a 91% one year survival rate for newly born businesses, compared with a UK average of 92%. The five year survival rate in Gateshead is 35%, compared with a UK average of 41%. This suggests that existing businesses in Gateshead still require additional help in the longer term to become sustainable.
See also 'NewcastleGateshead Economic Scorecard', 'Gateshead Local Economic Assessment', and 'Gateshead Rural Economic Strategy'
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