Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Northern Ireland

Number of companies in region Northern Ireland is 96,819, which is 1.3% of all 7,626,767 companies in UK. Northern Ireland is ranked 12th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/12/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Northern Ireland

The region with the highest number of companies - 25,749 is Belfast. Moyle has the lowest number of companies - 362. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Wholesale, retail - 14.0%, Construction - 12.4% and Science - 10.1%.

Number of companies by county 96,819 companies with data in Northern Ireland

Belfast
25,749
26.6%
Newry and Mourne
9,446
9.8%
Derry
5,701
5.9%
Lisburn
5,083
5.3%
Craigavon
4,776
4.9%
Dungannon
3,901
4.0%
North Down
3,874
4.0%
Newtownabbey
3,503
3.6%
Ards
2,948
3.0%
County Fermanagh
2,936
3.0%
Omagh
2,900
3.0%
Ballymena
2,714
2.8%
Down
2,604
2.7%
County Armagh
2,519
2.6%
Coleraine
2,471
2.6%
Banbridge
2,130
2.2%
Magherafelt
2,059
2.1%
Antrim
1,933
2.0%
Carrickfergus
1,847
1.9%
Castlereagh
1,674
1.7%
Strabane
1,580
1.6%
Cookstown
1,306
1.3%
Larne
1,225
1.3%
Limavady
946
1.0%
Ballymoney
632
0.7%
Moyle
362
0.4%

Business activity overview 90,742 companies with data in Northern Ireland

Wholesale, retail
13,561
14.0%
Construction
12,046
12.4%
Science
9,786
10.1%
Real Estate
7,319
7.6%
Manufacturing
6,084
6.3%
ICT
5,935
6.1%
Administrative
5,797
6.0%
Accommodation
5,309
5.5%
Dormant
5,027
5.2%
Service
4,078
4.2%
Health
3,775
3.9%
Arts
3,258
3.4%
Transportation
2,956
3.1%
Financial
2,498
2.6%
Home
2,347
2.4%
Agriculture
1,812
1.9%
Education
1,556
1.6%
Energy
1,065
1.1%
Water
556
0.6%
Mining
300
0.3%
Public
122
0.1%
Extraterritorial
23
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in Northern Ireland

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 Dormant - 5.5%, Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 3.9% and Development of building projects - 3.2%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 90,742 companies with data in Northern Ireland

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Northern Ireland

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 891 in in May 2019. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 1,452 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month Northern Ireland

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Persons with significant control
in companies in Northern Ireland

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 Northern Ireland

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is Ireland. In November 2020, there were 593 companies with at least one PCS from Ireland. Other popular countries are United States, Channel Islands and Isle Of Man.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs Northern Ireland

Percentage of companies with foreign PSCs being incorporated each month in the Northern Ireland

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in June 2016 - 5.54%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 12.50% was in March 2017. 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 Northern Ireland