But consider the new millionaires who made money awarding themselves share options on the back of privatisation. And spare a thought for the growing numbers of their employees who aren't paid a minimum wage. Are we sure we're getting the balance quite right?
Talking of successful small businesses ... the best small businesses of all are those that don't stay small for long, and catapult their successful entrepreneurial owners into the brimming ranks of British millionaires. We now have 81,000 people worth more than thousands of thousands of pounds. Good luck to them - or, at least, to the ones who made it through hard work.