Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in London

Number of companies in region London is 2,533,583, which is 29.2% of all 8,674,360 companies in UK. London is ranked 1st among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/04/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in London

The region with the highest number of companies - 2,440,837 is Greater London. City of London has the lowest number of companies - 92,746. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.4%, Wholesale, retail - 13.0% and Administrative - 11.8%.

Number of companies by county 2,533,583 companies with data in London

Greater London
2,440,837
96.3%
City of London
92,746
3.7%

Business activity overview 2,350,443 companies with data in London

Science
365,831
14.4%
Wholesale, retail
328,385
13.0%
Administrative
298,462
11.8%
ICT
284,033
11.2%
Real Estate
193,636
7.6%
Construction
187,605
7.4%
Service
161,641
6.4%
Accommodation
111,731
4.4%
Dormant
110,511
4.4%
Financial
108,365
4.3%
Health
99,545
3.9%
Manufacturing
72,704
2.9%
Arts
70,740
2.8%
Transportation
58,239
2.3%
Education
58,003
2.3%
Home
40,244
1.6%
Energy
9,212
0.4%
Public
5,694
0.2%
Water
5,494
0.2%
Agriculture
5,278
0.2%
Mining
4,716
0.2%
Extraterritorial
1,767
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 - 7.6%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 5.3% and Dormant - 4.7%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 2,350,443 companies with data in London

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in London

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 27,574 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 31,064 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 April 2022, there were 14,136 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 November 2021 - 6.96%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 11.23% 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