Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 8,280,488 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 04/12/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,407,666 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 105,102. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.5%, Wholesale, retail - 11.8% and Administrative - 10.6%.

Number of companies by region 8,144,546 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,407,666
29.1%
South East
1,097,456
13.3%
North West
826,631
10.0%
East
737,657
8.9%
West Midlands
652,698
7.9%
South West
528,436
6.4%
Yorkshire and the Humber
480,226
5.8%
East Midlands
478,771
5.8%
Scotland
435,812
5.3%
Wales
246,351
3.0%
North East
147,740
1.8%
Northern Ireland
105,102
1.3%

Business activity overview 7,688,383 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,197,389
14.5%
Wholesale, retail
977,757
11.8%
Administrative
876,570
10.6%
Construction
769,155
9.3%
ICT
745,280
9.0%
Real Estate
547,076
6.6%
Service
470,197
5.7%
Accommodation
418,576
5.1%
Manufacturing
345,895
4.2%
Health
345,871
4.2%
Transportation
300,786
3.6%
Dormant
295,928
3.6%
Financial
252,327
3.0%
Arts
224,679
2.7%
Education
174,229
2.1%
Home
132,550
1.6%
Agriculture
50,982
0.6%
Water
26,673
0.3%
Energy
26,281
0.3%
Public
19,371
0.2%
Mining
17,645
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,232
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 - 6.5%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.0% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.0%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 7,688,383 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 81,477 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 99,106 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 October 2021, there were 15,565 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 October 2021 - 3.44%. 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