Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in East

Number of companies in region East is 920,729, which is 8.8% of all 10,513,954 companies in UK. East is ranked 4th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/05/2024.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in East

The region with the highest number of companies - 288,625 is Essex. Norfolk has the lowest number of companies - 83,483. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.4%, Wholesale, retail - 12.6% and Construction - 11.6%.

Number of companies by county 920,729 companies with data in East

Essex
288,625
31.3%
Hertfordshire
235,080
25.5%
Cambridgeshire
116,687
12.7%
Bedfordshire
110,889
12.0%
Suffolk
85,965
9.3%
Norfolk
83,483
9.1%

Business activity overview 878,727 companies with data in East

Science
132,430
14.4%
Wholesale, retail
116,171
12.6%
Construction
106,756
11.6%
Administrative
93,675
10.2%
ICT
83,699
9.1%
Real Estate
66,951
7.3%
Service
49,160
5.3%
Health
44,368
4.8%
Accommodation
43,955
4.8%
Manufacturing
40,265
4.4%
Transportation
39,829
4.3%
Dormant
27,576
3.0%
Financial
25,744
2.8%
Arts
24,495
2.7%
Education
19,285
2.1%
Home
16,750
1.8%
Agriculture
6,912
0.8%
Water
3,296
0.4%
Public
2,620
0.3%
Energy
2,100
0.2%
Mining
1,497
0.2%
Extraterritorial
193
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in East

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 Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.4%, Other business support service - 5.2% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.6%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 878,727 companies with data in East

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in East

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 7,685 in in April 2024. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 9,085 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month East

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Persons with significant control
in companies in East

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 East

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is China. In May 2024, there were 1,496 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, France and Pakistan.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs East

Percentage of companies with foreign PSCs being incorporated each month in the East

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in February 2023 - 2.29%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 8.33% was in October 2016. 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 East