Self-employment levels reached their highest point for at least 40 years in 2014, according to Office for National Statistics figures.

The August 2014 edition of the Labour Force Survey, which tracks UK employment circumstances on a quarterly basis, found that 4.6 million people were self-employed in their main job in 2014 – representing 15 per cent of the total number of employed staff in the UK. The report also highlighted that the UK has seen the third highest percentage rise in self-employment levels in Europe since 2009.

Those looking to enter self-employment by starting their own business in the UK can take advantage of a variety of guides and resources, including the government’s own “Set up a business in the UK” page. This page includes information on how to register your business, guidance on required licences and setting up a bank account, and how to grow your business by employing staff. In addition, users can find information on writing an effective business plan, and how to access necessary business finance and support.