Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in North West

Number of companies in region North West is 807,269, which is 10.0% of all 8,034,858 companies in UK. North West is ranked 3th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/07/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in North West

The region with the highest number of companies - 371,636 is Greater Manchester. Cumbria has the lowest number of companies - 33,709. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.5%, Wholesale, retail - 12.6% and Administrative - 11.7%.

Number of companies by county 807,269 companies with data in North West

Greater Manchester
371,636
46.0%
Lancashire
138,826
17.2%
Cheshire
135,372
16.8%
Merseyside
127,726
15.8%
Cumbria
33,709
4.2%

Business activity overview 762,465 companies with data in North West

Science
116,984
14.5%
Wholesale, retail
101,557
12.6%
Administrative
94,654
11.7%
Construction
73,777
9.1%
ICT
60,216
7.5%
Real Estate
51,347
6.4%
Service
46,061
5.7%
Accommodation
44,531
5.5%
Health
37,787
4.7%
Transportation
35,991
4.5%
Manufacturing
34,017
4.2%
Dormant
24,384
3.0%
Financial
21,123
2.6%
Arts
19,304
2.4%
Education
15,869
2.0%
Home
9,566
1.2%
Agriculture
3,798
0.5%
Water
2,949
0.4%
Energy
1,810
0.2%
Public
1,707
0.2%
Mining
970
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 service activities n.e.c. - 3.9%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 762,465 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 8,041 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 10,238 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