Unlucky 13 for UK business start-ups


Research by card payment solution’s provider Paymentsense reveals the top 27 countries around the world to start a business

Starting a business can be an exciting endeavour, but getting through the first five years is challenging. The cost of rent, consumer demand, beating the competition, and keeping your cash flowing are often tricky things for SMEs to juggle.

Based on factors including business survival rates, yearly salary, population, and the employment rate in that year in each country area, they worked out which country around the world offer the best environment for prospective SMEs. If you’re thinking of embarking on a new venture this year, take a look at the below best countries in the world to start a business.

The United Kingdom lands at an unlucky 13 in the ranking, despite a respectable employment rate of 74.51% and a five-year enterprise survival rate of 43.64%.

Graph 1. The top 27 countries in the world to start a business in 2019 according to Paymentsense.
The top 27 countries in the world to start a business in 2019 according to Paymentsense

The UK has a long way to go if it’s to outdo Ireland when it comes to surviving those crucial first five years of trading. Ireland takes third place with an impressive company survival rate of 80.48%, proving the luck of the Irish is anything but a myth.

According to the ranking, the USA is the best country in the world to set up a start up in. This is closely followed by Belgium and Ireland in 2nd and 3rd place.