Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Scotland

Number of companies in region Scotland is 465,826, which is 5.2% of all 8,942,704 companies in UK. Scotland is ranked 9th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/08/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Scotland

The region with the highest number of companies - 89,722 is Glasgow City. Orkney Islands has the lowest number of companies - 1,108. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.3%, Wholesale, retail - 10.6% and Construction - 10.0%.

Number of companies by county 465,826 companies with data in Scotland

Glasgow City
89,722
19.3%
City of Edinburgh
84,416
18.1%
Aberdeen City
28,221
6.1%
South Lanarkshire
27,450
5.9%
Fife
22,422
4.8%
Aberdeenshire
19,648
4.2%
North Lanarkshire
18,750
4.0%
Highland
17,332
3.7%
Dundee City
14,967
3.2%
Renfrewshire
13,093
2.8%
West Lothian
10,988
2.4%
Falkirk
9,703
2.1%
Perth and Kinross
9,577
2.1%
South Ayrshire
8,212
1.8%
East Renfrewshire
7,925
1.7%
Stirling
7,869
1.7%
East Ayrshire
7,481
1.6%
East Dunbartonshire
6,734
1.4%
North Ayrshire
6,734
1.4%
The Scottish Borders
6,399
1.4%
East Lothian
6,302
1.4%
Dumfries and Galloway
5,974
1.3%
Midlothian
5,499
1.2%
Moray
4,979
1.1%
West Dunbartonshire
4,834
1.0%
Argyll and Bute
4,720
1.0%
Angus
4,677
1.0%
Inverclyde
4,217
0.9%
Clackmannanshire
2,638
0.6%
Eilean Siar
1,634
0.4%
Shetland Islands
1,601
0.3%
Orkney Islands
1,108
0.2%

Business activity overview 412,103 companies with data in Scotland

Science
71,234
15.3%
Wholesale, retail
49,597
10.6%
Construction
46,810
10.0%
Administrative
42,768
9.2%
Accommodation
35,895
7.7%
ICT
30,468
6.5%
Real Estate
27,615
5.9%
Service
26,757
5.7%
Manufacturing
21,268
4.6%
Transportation
13,144
2.8%
Arts
13,099
2.8%
Health
12,161
2.6%
Dormant
11,062
2.4%
Financial
10,433
2.2%
Education
6,966
1.5%
Agriculture
6,812
1.5%
Mining
4,995
1.1%
Energy
2,400
0.5%
Home
1,764
0.4%
Water
1,607
0.3%
Public
702
0.2%
Extraterritorial
155
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 - 6.0%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.6% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 412,103 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 - 6,909 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 Switzerland. In August 2022, there were 896 companies with at least one PCS from Switzerland. Other popular countries are Ukraine, Russia 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 December 2021 - 4.09%. 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