Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 9,285,011 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 04/02/2023.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,721,465 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 115,600. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.1%, Wholesale, retail - 12.8% and Administrative - 10.5%.

Number of companies by region 9,115,013 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,721,465
29.3%
South East
1,199,428
12.9%
North West
930,139
10.0%
East
821,414
8.8%
West Midlands
736,409
7.9%
South West
584,344
6.3%
Yorkshire and the Humber
542,896
5.8%
East Midlands
534,983
5.8%
Scotland
480,119
5.2%
Wales
283,701
3.1%
North East
164,515
1.8%
Northern Ireland
115,600
1.2%

Business activity overview 8,658,455 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,310,613
14.1%
Wholesale, retail
1,185,250
12.8%
Administrative
972,921
10.5%
Construction
870,645
9.4%
ICT
829,728
8.9%
Real Estate
643,029
6.9%
Service
527,873
5.7%
Accommodation
484,376
5.2%
Health
399,122
4.3%
Manufacturing
385,661
4.2%
Transportation
342,609
3.7%
Dormant
318,728
3.4%
Financial
290,398
3.1%
Arts
251,101
2.7%
Education
198,744
2.1%
Home
145,634
1.6%
Agriculture
56,804
0.6%
Water
29,782
0.3%
Energy
29,099
0.3%
Public
24,014
0.3%
Mining
18,889
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,474
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 - 6.1%, 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 8,658,455 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 81,481 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 99,007 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 January 2023, there were 23,625 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, Germany and Morocco.

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 - 10.23%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 7.72% 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.

Percentage of companies with foreign persons (PSC) incorporated and dissolved each month United Kingdom