Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in North West

Number of companies in region North West is 930,139, which is 10.0% of all 9,285,011 companies in UK. North West is ranked 3th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/01/2023.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in North West

The region with the highest number of companies - 435,761 is Greater Manchester. Cumbria has the lowest number of companies - 37,638. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.0%, Wholesale, retail - 13.6% and Administrative - 11.6%.

Number of companies by county 930,139 companies with data in North West

Greater Manchester
435,761
46.8%
Lancashire
160,619
17.3%
Merseyside
149,122
16.0%
Cheshire
146,999
15.8%
Cumbria
37,638
4.0%

Business activity overview 885,057 companies with data in North West

Science
130,530
14.0%
Wholesale, retail
126,514
13.6%
Administrative
107,763
11.6%
Construction
86,609
9.3%
ICT
67,713
7.3%
Real Estate
62,488
6.7%
Accommodation
54,297
5.8%
Service
53,036
5.7%
Health
44,900
4.8%
Transportation
43,250
4.6%
Manufacturing
38,646
4.2%
Dormant
26,510
2.9%
Financial
25,004
2.7%
Arts
22,350
2.4%
Education
18,743
2.0%
Home
11,060
1.2%
Agriculture
4,548
0.5%
Water
3,318
0.4%
Public
2,217
0.2%
Energy
2,147
0.2%
Mining
1,081
0.1%
Extraterritorial
266
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 - 7.0%, 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 885,057 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 8,346 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 10,190 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month North West

Would you like to know more about the UK market?

Get access to data on 6M+ UK businesses and create your own visualizations, infographics, reports and presentations.

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 China. In January 2023, there were 961 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are Norway, 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 November 2022 - 3.63%. 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