Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Northern Ireland

Number of companies in region Northern Ireland is 136,898, which is 1.3% of all 10,453,193 companies in UK. Northern Ireland is ranked 12th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/04/2024.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Northern Ireland

The region with the highest number of companies - 38,250 is Belfast. Moyle has the lowest number of companies - 460. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Wholesale, retail - 20.8%, Construction - 11.3% and Science - 9.7%.

Number of companies by county 136,898 companies with data in Northern Ireland

Belfast
38,250
27.9%
Newry and Mourne
12,768
9.3%
Derry
8,099
5.9%
Lisburn
7,681
5.6%
Craigavon
6,781
5.0%
North Down
5,295
3.9%
Dungannon
5,223
3.8%
Newtownabbey
4,818
3.5%
Ards
4,100
3.0%
County Fermanagh
3,973
2.9%
Omagh
3,889
2.8%
Ballymena
3,844
2.8%
County Armagh
3,585
2.6%
Down
3,467
2.5%
Coleraine
3,262
2.4%
Antrim
3,030
2.2%
Magherafelt
2,966
2.2%
Banbridge
2,855
2.1%
Carrickfergus
2,472
1.8%
Castlereagh
2,440
1.8%
Strabane
2,052
1.5%
Cookstown
1,716
1.3%
Larne
1,618
1.2%
Limavady
1,411
1.0%
Ballymoney
843
0.6%
Moyle
460
0.3%

Business activity overview 130,814 companies with data in Northern Ireland

Wholesale, retail
28,417
20.8%
Construction
15,443
11.3%
Science
13,223
9.7%
Real Estate
10,063
7.4%
Manufacturing
8,562
6.3%
Administrative
8,303
6.1%
ICT
7,998
5.8%
Accommodation
7,936
5.8%
Service
5,700
4.2%
Dormant
5,636
4.1%
Health
5,309
3.9%
Arts
4,504
3.3%
Transportation
3,989
2.9%
Financial
3,982
2.9%
Home
2,945
2.2%
Agriculture
2,314
1.7%
Education
2,199
1.6%
Energy
1,215
0.9%
Water
692
0.5%
Mining
363
0.3%
Public
231
0.2%
Extraterritorial
30
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 Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet - 7.4%, Dormant - 4.3% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.1%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 130,814 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 2,460 in in April 2024. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 1,450 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 China. In April 2024, there were 2,459 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are Ireland, United States and Channel Islands.

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 September 2023 - 21.84%. 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