Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 7,059,568 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 30/04/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,012,922 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 90,691. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.9%, Administrative - 10.8% and Wholesale, retail - 10.1%.

Number of companies by region 6,938,682 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,012,922
28.5%
South East
958,757
13.6%
North West
699,052
9.9%
East
635,498
9.0%
West Midlands
546,044
7.7%
South West
465,923
6.6%
Yorkshire and the Humber
408,651
5.8%
East Midlands
407,401
5.8%
Scotland
381,220
5.4%
Wales
207,294
2.9%
North East
125,229
1.8%
Northern Ireland
90,691
1.3%

Business activity overview 6,487,535 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,052,520
14.9%
Administrative
764,212
10.8%
Wholesale, retail
712,067
10.1%
ICT
645,451
9.1%
Construction
640,810
9.1%
Real Estate
427,635
6.1%
Service
392,522
5.6%
Accommodation
334,648
4.7%
Health
295,324
4.2%
Manufacturing
292,228
4.1%
Dormant
276,523
3.9%
Transportation
237,510
3.4%
Financial
204,859
2.9%
Arts
190,900
2.7%
Education
142,884
2.0%
Home
115,561
1.6%
Agriculture
43,325
0.6%
Energy
23,246
0.3%
Water
22,029
0.3%
Mining
16,059
0.2%
Public
14,466
0.2%
Extraterritorial
2,911
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 - 7.1%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.1% and Dormant - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 6,487,535 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 70,335 in in April 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for January 2018 - 63,626 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 2020, there were 10,841 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 - 2.68%. 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