UK small businesses are Britain’s unsung heroes. Meet the superheroes in our brand new series. Forget HBOS, BP and GlaxoSmithKline. The smaller guys drive 99% of our economy here in the UK. SMEs accounted for 60% of all private sector employment in the UK last year – employing 15.7 million people. And combined, smaller companies turned over £1.8 trillion in 2016. These are the small business superheroes.