Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 7,909,385 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 30/04/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,290,509 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 100,512. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.6%, Wholesale, retail - 11.4% and Administrative - 10.7%.

Number of companies by region 7,778,231 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
2,290,509
29.0%
South East
1,056,164
13.4%
North West
789,076
10.0%
East
706,300
8.9%
West Midlands
620,671
7.8%
South West
507,449
6.4%
Yorkshire and the Humber
457,682
5.8%
East Midlands
457,334
5.8%
Scotland
419,170
5.3%
Wales
232,618
2.9%
North East
140,746
1.8%
Northern Ireland
100,512
1.3%

Business activity overview 7,323,921 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,155,154
14.6%
Wholesale, retail
903,097
11.4%
Administrative
842,492
10.7%
Construction
730,696
9.2%
ICT
714,584
9.0%
Real Estate
510,284
6.5%
Service
447,781
5.7%
Accommodation
390,776
4.9%
Manufacturing
331,278
4.2%
Health
329,825
4.2%
Dormant
288,244
3.6%
Transportation
280,012
3.5%
Financial
236,846
3.0%
Arts
214,298
2.7%
Education
164,703
2.1%
Home
127,589
1.6%
Agriculture
48,677
0.6%
Energy
25,325
0.3%
Water
25,242
0.3%
Public
18,002
0.2%
Mining
17,154
0.2%
Extraterritorial
3,136
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 - 6.7%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.1% and Other service activities n.e.c. - 4.0%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 7,323,921 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 81,447 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 99,230 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 November 2020, there were 12,055 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 - 2.69%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 5.35% 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