Cobwebs National Start-up Barometer

Can-do hobbies like Food, Hair & Beauty and Consultancy were among the most popular types of business start up across the UK during 2014.

This is according to Cobwebs most recent national Start-up Barometer based on the analysis of almost 200,000 downloads of Business Opportunity Profiles (BOP’s) from COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) by subscribers last year.

Analysis of 192,664 downloads throughout 2014 has revealed that the number one start-up profile was Photographer, followed by Café  in second place and Coffee Shop third. of the top 20 profiles downloaded, six were food-based, five were consultancy/training and four were hobby based.

The BOP’s were downloaded by business advisers working with their start-up and small business clients in local enterprise agencies, business reference libraries, university incubators and enterprise units around the UK.


TOP 20 Start-Up types:


1 . Photographer

2. Café

3. Coffee Shop

4. Management Consultant

5. Personal Trainer

6. Domestic Cleaning Services

7. Beauty Salon

8. Dog Walker

9. Fast Food Takeaway

10. eBay Trader

11. Mobile Takeaway

12. Restaurant

13. Hairdressing Salon

14. Business Trainer

15. Freelance Artist

16. Fashion Designer

17. Gardener

18. Cake and Biscuit Producer

19. IT Consultant

20. Recruitment agency

There were over 400,000 downloads from COBRA across all types of guides and reports during 2014.


Article from The Information Professional – Summer 2015 Newsletter





Written on 14th December 2015Victoria Majkowski
Published in Start Up
Business Support