Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 10,354,524 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 20/04/2024.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 3,061,339 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 134,406. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Wholesale, retail - 14.0%, Science - 13.9% and Administrative - 10.4%.

Number of companies by region 10,159,339 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
3,061,339
29.6%
South East
1,303,675
12.6%
North West
1,036,260
10.0%
East
908,180
8.8%
West Midlands
828,813
8.0%
South West
638,505
6.2%
Yorkshire and the Humber
604,167
5.8%
East Midlands
592,826
5.7%
Scotland
528,615
5.1%
Wales
340,066
3.3%
North East
182,487
1.8%
Northern Ireland
134,406
1.3%

Business activity overview 9,702,686 companies with data in United Kingdom

Wholesale, retail
1,450,237
14.0%
Science
1,436,670
13.9%
Administrative
1,076,420
10.4%
Construction
970,227
9.4%
ICT
926,082
8.9%
Real Estate
742,744
7.2%
Service
587,018
5.7%
Accommodation
558,566
5.4%
Health
450,200
4.3%
Manufacturing
431,652
4.2%
Transportation
378,291
3.7%
Dormant
336,782
3.3%
Financial
326,450
3.2%
Arts
279,376
2.7%
Education
226,882
2.2%
Home
158,750
1.5%
Agriculture
62,663
0.6%
Water
33,018
0.3%
Energy
31,914
0.3%
Public
28,671
0.3%
Mining
20,337
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,703
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in United Kingdom

The Standard Industrial Classification code (SIC code) is a system of classifying industries in UK by business activities. Each company can operate under multiple SIC codes. The top three business activities for the whole of the UK are Other business support service - 5.8%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.9% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.6%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 9,702,686 companies with data in United Kingdom

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in United Kingdom

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 86,004 in in January 2024. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 98,965 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month United Kingdom

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Persons with significant control
in companies in United Kingdom

Persons with Significant Control (PSC) have been registered in Companies House since April 2016. PSC have various functions, e.g. ownership of shares or voting rights. In this section we analyse companies with at least one Person with Significant Control from a foreign country.

Top countries with local PSCs in companies in United Kingdom

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is China. In April 2024, there were 34,601 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, Germany and Pakistan.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs United Kingdom

Percentage of companies with foreign PSCs being incorporated each month in the United Kingdom

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in January 2023 - 11.74%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 7.76% was in November 2022. The low number of dissolutions in 2016 is the result of only a small number of companies registering their PSC in Company House in that year.

Percentage of companies with foreign persons (PSC) incorporated and dissolved each month United Kingdom