Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in East

Number of companies in region East is 901,539, which is 8.8% of all 10,273,724 companies in UK. East is ranked 4th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 29/02/2024.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in East

The region with the highest number of companies - 282,981 is Essex. Norfolk has the lowest number of companies - 81,602. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.4%, Wholesale, retail - 12.5% and Construction - 11.6%.

Number of companies by county 901,539 companies with data in East

Essex
282,981
31.4%
Hertfordshire
231,081
25.6%
Cambridgeshire
114,276
12.7%
Bedfordshire
108,462
12.0%
Suffolk
83,137
9.2%
Norfolk
81,602
9.1%

Business activity overview 859,659 companies with data in East

Science
130,030
14.4%
Wholesale, retail
112,639
12.5%
Construction
104,529
11.6%
Administrative
91,626
10.2%
ICT
82,115
9.1%
Real Estate
64,746
7.2%
Service
47,883
5.3%
Health
43,442
4.8%
Accommodation
42,561
4.7%
Manufacturing
39,398
4.4%
Transportation
39,208
4.3%
Dormant
27,301
3.0%
Financial
25,095
2.8%
Arts
23,922
2.7%
Education
18,716
2.1%
Home
16,440
1.8%
Agriculture
6,807
0.8%
Water
3,232
0.4%
Public
2,522
0.3%
Energy
2,059
0.2%
Mining
1,463
0.2%
Extraterritorial
188
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 - 4.5%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 859,659 companies with data in East

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in East

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 6,954 in in January 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

Would you like to know more about the UK market?

Get access to data on 6M+ UK businesses and create your own visualizations, infographics, reports and presentations.

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 February 2024, there were 1,439 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 January 2024 - 2.83%. 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