Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Scotland

Number of companies in region Scotland is 419,170, which is 5.3% of all 7,841,461 companies in UK. Scotland is ranked 9th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/04/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Scotland

The region with the highest number of companies - 79,591 is Glasgow City. Orkney Islands has the lowest number of companies - 1,006. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.7%, Wholesale, retail - 9.9% and Construction - 9.8%.

Number of companies by county 419,170 companies with data in Scotland

Glasgow City
79,591
19.0%
City of Edinburgh
76,893
18.3%
Aberdeen City
26,213
6.3%
South Lanarkshire
24,998
6.0%
Fife
20,058
4.8%
Aberdeenshire
18,139
4.3%
North Lanarkshire
16,343
3.9%
Highland
15,717
3.7%
Dundee City
13,067
3.1%
Renfrewshire
11,718
2.8%
West Lothian
9,750
2.3%
Falkirk
8,706
2.1%
Perth and Kinross
8,684
2.1%
South Ayrshire
7,391
1.8%
Stirling
7,200
1.7%
East Renfrewshire
7,089
1.7%
East Ayrshire
6,646
1.6%
North Ayrshire
6,020
1.4%
East Dunbartonshire
6,008
1.4%
The Scottish Borders
5,749
1.4%
East Lothian
5,610
1.3%
Dumfries and Galloway
5,348
1.3%
Midlothian
4,840
1.2%
Moray
4,466
1.1%
Argyll and Bute
4,395
1.0%
West Dunbartonshire
4,275
1.0%
Angus
4,265
1.0%
Inverclyde
3,698
0.9%
Clackmannanshire
2,338
0.6%
Eilean Siar
1,499
0.4%
Shetland Islands
1,450
0.3%
Orkney Islands
1,006
0.2%

Business activity overview 366,804 companies with data in Scotland

Science
65,650
15.7%
Wholesale, retail
41,660
9.9%
Construction
41,149
9.8%
Administrative
38,788
9.3%
Accommodation
30,655
7.3%
ICT
27,834
6.6%
Service
23,735
5.7%
Real Estate
23,042
5.5%
Manufacturing
19,317
4.6%
Arts
11,614
2.8%
Transportation
11,351
2.7%
Health
10,528
2.5%
Dormant
10,217
2.4%
Financial
9,174
2.2%
Agriculture
6,226
1.5%
Education
6,048
1.4%
Mining
4,812
1.1%
Energy
2,117
0.5%
Water
1,413
0.3%
Home
1,411
0.3%
Public
579
0.1%
Extraterritorial
139
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in Scotland

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 - 6.4%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.7% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 3.9%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 366,804 companies with data in Scotland

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Scotland

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 3,720 in in March 2021. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 6,920 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month Scotland

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Persons with significant control
in companies in Scotland

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 Scotland

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is Ukraine. In November 2020, there were 770 companies with at least one PCS from Ukraine. Other popular countries are Russia, Switzerland and United States.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs Scotland

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

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in June 2018 - 3.38%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 7.14% was in October 2016. 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 Scotland