Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 7,277,650 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 31/07/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,086,787 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 92,992. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.8%, Administrative - 10.8% and Wholesale, retail - 10.5%.

Number of companies by region 7,154,930 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,086,787
28.7%
South East
984,127
13.5%
North West
721,279
9.9%
East
652,623
9.0%
West Midlands
564,503
7.8%
South West
477,651
6.6%
Yorkshire and the Humber
421,124
5.8%
East Midlands
420,673
5.8%
Scotland
390,693
5.4%
Wales
213,363
2.9%
North East
129,115
1.8%
Northern Ireland
92,992
1.3%

Business activity overview 6,702,677 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,078,835
14.8%
Administrative
785,086
10.8%
Wholesale, retail
764,571
10.5%
Construction
663,449
9.1%
ICT
663,287
9.1%
Real Estate
447,323
6.1%
Service
407,856
5.6%
Accommodation
348,973
4.8%
Health
303,728
4.2%
Manufacturing
302,662
4.2%
Dormant
278,087
3.8%
Transportation
247,822
3.4%
Financial
212,233
2.9%
Arts
196,837
2.7%
Education
148,521
2.0%
Home
118,718
1.6%
Agriculture
44,707
0.6%
Energy
23,741
0.3%
Water
22,853
0.3%
Mining
16,315
0.2%
Public
15,441
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,004
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 - 7.0%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.1% and Dormant - 4.1%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 6,702,677 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 81,354 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for January 2018 - 63,609 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 July 2020, there were 11,198 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