Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 6,844,161 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 31/12/2019.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 1,948,607 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 88,153. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.9%, Administrative - 10.9% and Wholesale, retail - 9.9%.

Number of companies by region 6,727,041 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
1,948,607
28.5%
South East
931,272
13.6%
North West
678,493
9.9%
East
618,028
9.0%
West Midlands
527,775
7.7%
South West
453,087
6.6%
Yorkshire and the Humber
395,143
5.8%
East Midlands
394,048
5.8%
Scotland
371,323
5.4%
Wales
200,089
2.9%
North East
121,023
1.8%
Northern Ireland
88,153
1.3%

Business activity overview 6,276,148 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,022,608
14.9%
Administrative
744,883
10.9%
Wholesale, retail
675,773
9.9%
ICT
626,384
9.2%
Construction
619,220
9.0%
Real Estate
408,214
6.0%
Service
377,198
5.5%
Accommodation
318,414
4.7%
Health
285,452
4.2%
Manufacturing
282,810
4.1%
Dormant
272,573
4.0%
Transportation
228,292
3.3%
Financial
195,700
2.9%
Arts
183,821
2.7%
Education
137,333
2.0%
Home
112,345
1.6%
Agriculture
42,005
0.6%
Energy
22,619
0.3%
Water
21,369
0.3%
Mining
15,778
0.2%
Public
13,563
0.2%
Extraterritorial
2,835
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 - 7.3%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.1% and Dormant - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 6,276,148 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 - 63,636 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 December 2019, there were 10,184 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 - 2.67%. 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