In 2016 there were 5,755 active businesses in the borough.  The overall Birth figures of 755 is back to pre-recession levels. However, there were 705 business Deaths. Gateshead has a 90% one year survival rate for newly born businesses, which is the same as the UK average of 90%. The five year survival rate in Gateshead is 43%, compared with a UK average of 44%. This suggests that existing businesses 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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 ONS Census, 1981 (NOMIS website)
 Gateshead Council, Economic and Housing Growth Service, 2015
 Underemployment and overemployment in the UK, ONS, 2014 (ONS website)
 Zero Hours Contracts Myth and Reality Research Report, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Nov 2013
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 16-18 NEET, DfE, 2015 (PHOF website)
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 Business Demography, ONS, 2016