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Start-ups hit by global recession

THE number of new businesses being set up around the world has dipped in the global recession, a report has revealed.

Start-ups were down 10 per cent down last year in 20 of the world’s richest nations, according to the annual Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM).

It found that the decline was the most severe in the US, where it plunged 24 per cent.

The UK fared a little better only seeing a 6 per cent drop.

Meanwhile the United Arab Emirates saw the most start-up activity in 2009 with a rise of 38 per cent.

The GEM report was based on a study of 54 countries.

The study was established by London Business School and Babson College in the US.

Professor Bill Bygrave of Babson College, one of the founders of GEM, said: "Throughout the world, would-be entrepreneurs reported greater difficulty in obtaining financial backing for their start-up activities, especially from informal investors, families, friends, and strangers."