Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 8,942,704 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 24/09/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,618,006 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 112,460. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.2%, Wholesale, retail - 12.4% and Administrative - 10.5%.

Number of companies by region 8,798,123 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,618,006
29.3%
South East
1,169,127
13.1%
North West
895,862
10.0%
East
793,707
8.9%
West Midlands
707,563
7.9%
South West
565,514
6.3%
Yorkshire and the Humber
524,601
5.9%
East Midlands
515,485
5.8%
Scotland
465,826
5.2%
Wales
270,381
3.0%
North East
159,591
1.8%
Northern Ireland
112,460
1.3%

Business activity overview 8,340,505 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,271,899
14.2%
Wholesale, retail
1,111,839
12.4%
Administrative
940,398
10.5%
Construction
838,697
9.4%
ICT
801,666
9.0%
Real Estate
614,822
6.9%
Service
508,613
5.7%
Accommodation
463,800
5.2%
Health
380,598
4.3%
Manufacturing
372,121
4.2%
Transportation
330,959
3.7%
Dormant
312,461
3.5%
Financial
278,685
3.1%
Arts
242,370
2.7%
Education
190,217
2.1%
Home
141,211
1.6%
Agriculture
54,998
0.6%
Water
28,705
0.3%
Energy
28,067
0.3%
Public
22,344
0.2%
Mining
18,481
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,412
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 - 6.2%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.0% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 8,340,505 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 81,480 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 99,037 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 2022, there were 21,851 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 May 2021 - 3.62%. 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