Entrepreneur Business creations: new record of nearly one million in 2021

Business creations: new record of nearly one million in 2021

Total business births for the whole of 2021 amounted to 995.868, said INSEE on January 14. This number marks a 17.4% increase compared to 2020 and a new all-time high. The previous record was from 2020. At the time, in the midst of a health crisis, nearly 850,000 companies had emerged.

While the 2021 figures are encouraging, the momentum will have to be confirmed over the coming months. Because, reminds INSEE, the sharp increase observed is largely due to a catch-up effect compared to the particularly low level of creations during the first confinement in 2020.

All forms of business creation concerned

In fact, if 2020 had been marked by an increase in the number of creations, this had only been 4%. Far from the 18% of 2019 and the 17% of 2018. It is not yet time to say whether the increase observed last year is only a catch-up effect or whether the trend of the years preceding the health crisis is once again becoming the standard. This, while the last quarter of 2021 was marked by a drop in the number of creations on an annual basis.

All forms of business creation progressed during the year which has just ended. The palm goes to company creations, which show an increase of 24%, reaching 270,958 new businesses. A comeback since in 2020, they had remained stable.

Nearly a million companies were created in 2021, a record

Microenterprises, still very much in the majority in creations

This is followed by microenterprises created by autoentrepreneurs. They show an increase of 17%, i.e. an acceleration compared to 9% in 2020. In absolute value, they continue to attract candidates for entrepreneurship: no less than 641,543 created last year, i.e. nearly two creations out of three, specifies INSEE.

The red lantern goes to classic sole proprietorships, which only increased by 1.7% (83,367 creations). After, it is true, a particularly dark year 2020 which had seen the number of creations plunge by almost 13%.

Dynamism of financial activities

By sector, in 2021, the creations that have increased the most are those of companies with financial and insurance activities (+30.6%). But they are closely followed by the companies of household services, which show an increase of 30%.

On the third step of the podium are the information and communication companies (+25.4%), closely followed by transportation and warehousing companies (+24.9%). This last category notably includes home deliveries, which have exploded with the health crisis. But which seem to be settling: during the last quarter of 2021, it is indeed this segment of transport and warehousing which “contributes the most to the drop” observed in business creations.

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