Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in London

Number of companies in region London is 1,966,031, which is 28.5% of all 6,903,126 companies in UK. London is ranked 1st among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/01/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in London

The region with the highest number of companies - 1,885,354 is Greater London. City of London has the lowest number of companies - 80,677. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.9%, Administrative - 12.6% and ICT - 11.0%.

Number of companies by county 1,966,031 companies with data in London

Greater London
1,885,354
95.9%
City of London
80,677
4.1%

Business activity overview 1,789,776 companies with data in London

Science
292,423
14.9%
Administrative
246,763
12.6%
ICT
215,709
11.0%
Wholesale, retail
187,570
9.5%
Construction
139,646
7.1%
Real Estate
135,650
6.9%
Service
120,910
6.1%
Dormant
97,589
5.0%
Accommodation
81,673
4.2%
Financial
77,941
4.0%
Health
77,342
3.9%
Arts
55,220
2.8%
Manufacturing
50,463
2.6%
Transportation
41,337
2.1%
Education
41,066
2.1%
Home
33,059
1.7%
Energy
7,645
0.4%
Mining
3,883
0.2%
Water
3,795
0.2%
Public
3,425
0.2%
Agriculture
3,238
0.2%
Extraterritorial
1,452
0.1%

Industrial classification of companies in London

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 - 8.9%, Dormant - 5.5% and Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.4%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 1,789,776 companies with data in London

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in London

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 20,532 in in March 2019. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for January 2018 - 20,646 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month London

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Persons with significant control
in companies in London

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 London

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is China. In January 2020, there were 7,844 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, France and Germany.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs London

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

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in April 2016 - 5.45%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 11.22% 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 London