Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in North West

Number of companies in region North West is 684,531, which is 9.9% of all 6,903,126 companies in UK. North West is ranked 3th 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 North West

The region with the highest number of companies - 312,668 is Greater Manchester. Cumbria has the lowest number of companies - 29,770. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.0%, Administrative - 12.5% and Wholesale, retail - 10.9%.

Number of companies by county 684,531 companies with data in North West

Greater Manchester
312,668
45.7%
Lancashire
117,624
17.2%
Cheshire
116,757
17.1%
Merseyside
107,712
15.7%
Cumbria
29,770
4.3%

Business activity overview 640,207 companies with data in North West

Science
102,881
15.0%
Administrative
85,485
12.5%
Wholesale, retail
74,938
10.9%
Construction
61,407
9.0%
ICT
48,301
7.1%
Real Estate
39,755
5.8%
Service
38,640
5.6%
Accommodation
34,852
5.1%
Health
32,606
4.8%
Transportation
29,001
4.2%
Manufacturing
28,974
4.2%
Dormant
23,242
3.4%
Financial
17,183
2.5%
Arts
16,208
2.4%
Education
13,034
1.9%
Home
7,921
1.2%
Agriculture
3,104
0.5%
Water
2,507
0.4%
Energy
1,574
0.2%
Public
1,268
0.2%
Mining
873
0.1%
Extraterritorial
247
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 - 8.9%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.7% and Other service activities n.e.c. - 4.0%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 640,207 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 7,442 in in March 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for January 2018 - 6,473 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 January 2020, there were 618 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 August 2016 - 2.60%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 4.17% was in June 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 North West