Statistics of companies in UK
Companies population in United Kingdom
The following statistics consists of data of 9,593,442 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 03/06/2023.
Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom
The region with the highest number of companies - 2,818,107 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 119,289. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.0%, Wholesale, retail - 13.1% and Administrative - 10.5%.
Number of companies by region 9,411,031 companies with data in United Kingdom
Business activity overview 8,954,147 companies with data in United Kingdom
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 - 6.0%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.9% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.4%.
Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 8,954,147 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 84,768 in in March 2023. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 98,991 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 May 2023, there were 25,710 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, Germany and Channel Islands.
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 - 10.26%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 7.75% 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.