Research and analysis

New Enterprise Allowance survey

This report presents findings from a survey of people receiving support from the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme to start a business.


New Enterprise Allowance survey


The New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme provides support to people on benefits who want to start their own business.

This survey helps us to understand:

  • the extent to which NEA recipients go on to start their own businesses
  • how sustainable those businesses are
  • the characteristics of those businesses (for example, business type, employee profile, average turnover and expansion plans)
  • why some businesses stopped trading

The survey has improved our understanding of claimants participating in the NEA scheme and the longer term effectiveness of the scheme. We will use the findings to inform future policy decisions.

The survey builds on existing evidence, including:

Authors: Ian Atkinson and Kath McKenna (Ecorys)

Published 28 January 2016