Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 7,419,786 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 30/09/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,132,927 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 94,549. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.8%, Administrative - 10.8% and Wholesale, retail - 10.7%.

Number of companies by region 7,295,313 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,132,927
28.7%
South East
1,000,774
13.5%
North West
736,407
9.9%
East
664,778
9.0%
West Midlands
576,894
7.8%
South West
484,203
6.5%
Yorkshire and the Humber
429,309
5.8%
East Midlands
429,136
5.8%
Scotland
397,399
5.4%
Wales
217,162
2.9%
North East
131,775
1.8%
Northern Ireland
94,549
1.3%

Business activity overview 6,843,457 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,095,681
14.8%
Administrative
799,065
10.8%
Wholesale, retail
794,696
10.7%
Construction
678,635
9.1%
ICT
674,520
9.1%
Real Estate
461,068
6.2%
Service
418,190
5.6%
Accommodation
359,183
4.8%
Health
309,692
4.2%
Manufacturing
309,032
4.2%
Dormant
279,784
3.8%
Transportation
255,875
3.4%
Financial
217,071
2.9%
Arts
200,724
2.7%
Education
152,243
2.1%
Home
120,742
1.6%
Agriculture
45,508
0.6%
Energy
24,074
0.3%
Water
23,388
0.3%
Mining
16,495
0.2%
Public
16,047
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,032
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 - 6.9%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.1% and Dormant - 4.1%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 6,843,457 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 81,399 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 69,788 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 September 2020, there were 11,591 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, Germany and France.

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 August 2017 - 2.69%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 5.34% was in October 2018. 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