Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in North West

Number of companies in region North West is 895,862, which is 10.0% of all 8,942,704 companies in UK. North West is ranked 3th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/08/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in North West

The region with the highest number of companies - 417,477 is Greater Manchester. Cumbria has the lowest number of companies - 36,518. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.1%, Wholesale, retail - 13.3% and Administrative - 11.5%.

Number of companies by county 895,862 companies with data in North West

Greater Manchester
417,477
46.6%
Lancashire
154,595
17.3%
Cheshire
143,755
16.0%
Merseyside
143,517
16.0%
Cumbria
36,518
4.1%

Business activity overview 850,743 companies with data in North West

Science
126,353
14.1%
Wholesale, retail
119,107
13.3%
Administrative
103,440
11.5%
Construction
83,469
9.3%
ICT
65,611
7.3%
Real Estate
59,746
6.7%
Accommodation
51,997
5.8%
Service
51,104
5.7%
Health
42,824
4.8%
Transportation
41,675
4.7%
Manufacturing
37,107
4.1%
Dormant
25,847
2.9%
Financial
23,997
2.7%
Arts
21,433
2.4%
Education
17,899
2.0%
Home
10,657
1.2%
Agriculture
4,339
0.5%
Water
3,226
0.4%
Energy
2,066
0.2%
Public
2,066
0.2%
Mining
1,051
0.1%
Extraterritorial
265
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in North West

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 - 4.5% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.1%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 850,743 companies with data in North West

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in North West

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 8,334 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 10,198 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month North West

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Persons with significant control
in companies in North West

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 North West

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is Norway. In August 2022, there were 847 companies with at least one PCS from Norway. Other popular countries are China, United States and Germany.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs North West

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

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in June 2017 - 2.26%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 7.69% was in May 2020. 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 North West