Understanding Micro-Businesses in Northern Ireland

Date published: 12 November 2018

This report on micro-businesses in Northern Ireland represents a collaboration between Queen’s Management School (Queen’s University Belfast) and the UK Enterprise Research Centre.


This report provides a profile of micro-businesses (that is one to nine employees) in Northern Ireland, in comparison to UK regional, Irish and US benchmarks. The report provides the first evidence on levels of business ambition, resilience and digital adoption for this group of firms. The Micro-Business Britain Survey covered 6,200 firms in the UK (495 in Northern Ireland), 1,500 companies in Ireland and 2,000 in the US.

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