Statistics of companies in UK
Companies population in United Kingdom
The following statistics consists of data of 8,674,360 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 21/05/2022.
Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom
The region with the highest number of companies - 2,533,583 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 109,510. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.3%, Wholesale, retail - 12.2% and Administrative - 10.6%.
Number of companies by region 8,533,556 companies with data in United Kingdom
Business activity overview 8,076,323 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 - 6.3%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.0% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.2%.
Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 8,076,323 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 - 99,057 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 2022, there were 19,780 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 November 2021 - 3.47%. 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.