Sunderland may be the worst place to do business in the UK. The North East city came bottom of Centre for Cities report today which analysed amongst many -many-other things the number of businesses opening and closing.
It saw a 5.6% drop in its churn rate (which tracks businesses opening and closing against the total amount of business stock.
It was closely followed by Plymouth, Mansfield and Middlesbrough.
Aberdeen surprisingly was the only city to see more businesses open than close which might give some of the pro-devolution camp in Westminster pause for thought.
London continued to be the power house of the UK. It was named best business location seeing the most companies opening up and having the most business stock.
You can read the full report here.
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