Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in United Kingdom

The following statistics consists of data of 6,903,126 companies registered in United Kingdom.
Last update of company data was on 31/01/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in United Kingdom

The region with the highest number of companies - 1,966,031 is London. Northern Ireland has the lowest number of companies - 88,863. 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 6,785,167 companies with data in United Kingdom

London
1,966,031
28.5%
South East
938,775
13.6%
North West
684,531
9.9%
East
622,981
9.0%
West Midlands
532,365
7.7%
South West
456,437
6.6%
Yorkshire and the Humber
399,035
5.8%
East Midlands
397,568
5.8%
Scotland
374,090
5.4%
Wales
202,314
2.9%
North East
122,177
1.8%
Northern Ireland
88,863
1.3%

Business activity overview 6,334,133 companies with data in United Kingdom

Science
1,030,667
14.9%
Administrative
749,929
10.9%
Wholesale, retail
684,759
9.9%
ICT
631,472
9.1%
Construction
625,710
9.1%
Real Estate
413,795
6.0%
Service
381,388
5.5%
Accommodation
323,310
4.7%
Health
288,144
4.2%
Manufacturing
285,283
4.1%
Dormant
273,577
4.0%
Transportation
231,054
3.3%
Financial
198,032
2.9%
Arts
185,789
2.7%
Education
138,816
2.0%
Home
113,215
1.6%
Agriculture
42,331
0.6%
Energy
22,793
0.3%
Water
21,538
0.3%
Mining
15,864
0.2%
Public
13,794
0.2%
Extraterritorial
2,849
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 - 7.2%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.1% and Dormant - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 6,334,133 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 - 63,634 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 2020, there were 10,379 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