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A report which gives estimates of the size structure of all enterprises that are active in Wales for 2022.

Main points

  • There were an estimated 253,800 enterprises active in Wales, employing an estimated 1.1 million people.
  • The majority of active enterprises were small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with 0-249 employees. They accounted for 99.3% of total enterprises in Wales in 2022. Micro enterprises (0-9 employees) accounted for 94.7% of the total enterprises in Wales.
  • Large enterprises (those with 250 or more employees) accounted for 37.1% of employment in Wales compared with 39.7% for the UK as a whole. 
  • Since 2003 the proportion of employment in large enterprises decreased by 4.4 percentage points.
  • Around 0.6% of enterprises active in Wales were non-UK owned. These enterprises accounted for 14.1% of employment.
  • There was considerable variation between industry sectors, with employment in agriculture, forestry and fishing dominated by micro businesses (84.2%) and employment in production industries concentrated in the large size-band (48.3%).


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