Birmingham is enjoying a boom in rental agencies, travel agents, and other administrative businesses, new figures have revealed.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics shows that there were 6,195 new businesses created in Birmingham between 2015 and 2017 that fell under the business administration and support services category.
That category covers industries like building maintenance, travel agents and car rental services - among others.
They account for more than a quarter (27 per cent) of newly formed businesses in Birmingham over the three year period.
The second most popular category of new business was professional scientific and technical firms, with 3,380 “business births” over the three years.
There were also 1,840 new businesses specialising in transport and storage - which includes postal services - as well as 1,830 in construction, and 1,820 in retail.
While the ONS release contained data on new business registrations - referred to as business births - the number of business “deaths” by industry isn’t as clear locally.
However figures show that there were 16,540 firms which went out of business overall in Birmingham between 2015 and 2017.
That’s compared to 23,280 business births.
Across the UK, professional scientific and technical enterprises have seen the highest number of births, in absolute terms, in recent years.
In 2017, there were 66,000 new businesses created which fell into one of those categories.
The transport and storage industry has however seen the quickest growth.
There were 24,000 new businesses in that sector in 2017 - 18.5 per cent of all 132,000 active firms in the sector that year.
On the other hand, the education sector saw the sharpest downturn.
There were 9,000 companies that went out of business - equivalent to 18.8 per cent of the sector.
That’s almost double the 9.1 of education companies that went bust in 2016 - with the ONS suggesting the difference was to do with a spike and then fall in the number of supply teachers registering as single employee limited companies.