Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in North West

Number of companies in region North West is 819,870, which is 10.0% of all 8,217,436 companies in UK. North West is ranked 3th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/09/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in North West

The region with the highest number of companies - 378,245 is Greater Manchester. Cumbria has the lowest number of companies - 34,124. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.4%, Wholesale, retail - 12.7% and Administrative - 11.7%.

Number of companies by county 819,870 companies with data in North West

Greater Manchester
378,245
46.1%
Lancashire
141,301
17.2%
Cheshire
136,234
16.6%
Merseyside
129,966
15.9%
Cumbria
34,124
4.2%

Business activity overview 775,012 companies with data in North West

Science
118,304
14.4%
Wholesale, retail
103,781
12.7%
Administrative
95,803
11.7%
Construction
75,072
9.2%
ICT
60,990
7.4%
Real Estate
52,509
6.4%
Service
46,837
5.7%
Accommodation
45,705
5.6%
Health
38,493
4.7%
Transportation
37,152
4.5%
Manufacturing
34,464
4.2%
Dormant
24,597
3.0%
Financial
21,525
2.6%
Arts
19,639
2.4%
Education
16,158
2.0%
Home
9,697
1.2%
Agriculture
3,881
0.5%
Water
3,001
0.4%
Energy
1,858
0.2%
Public
1,763
0.2%
Mining
982
0.1%
Extraterritorial
256
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 - 7.7%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.6% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 3.8%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 775,012 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 8,079 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 10,229 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 November 2020, there were 687 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 - 2.31%. 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