Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Scotland

Number of companies in region Scotland is 528,615, which is 5.1% of all 10,354,524 companies in UK. Scotland is ranked 9th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/03/2024.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Scotland

The region with the highest number of companies - 104,630 is Glasgow City. Orkney Islands has the lowest number of companies - 1,220. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.9%, Wholesale, retail - 11.7% and Construction - 10.2%.

Number of companies by county 528,615 companies with data in Scotland

Glasgow City
104,630
19.8%
City of Edinburgh
94,197
17.8%
Aberdeen City
30,898
5.8%
South Lanarkshire
30,840
5.8%
Fife
25,200
4.8%
North Lanarkshire
21,915
4.1%
Aberdeenshire
21,633
4.1%
Highland
19,382
3.7%
Dundee City
17,607
3.3%
Renfrewshire
14,946
2.8%
West Lothian
12,646
2.4%
Falkirk
11,184
2.1%
Perth and Kinross
10,536
2.0%
South Ayrshire
9,275
1.8%
East Renfrewshire
8,861
1.7%
Stirling
8,770
1.7%
East Ayrshire
8,524
1.6%
North Ayrshire
7,715
1.5%
East Dunbartonshire
7,587
1.4%
The Scottish Borders
7,231
1.4%
East Lothian
7,158
1.4%
Dumfries and Galloway
6,791
1.3%
Midlothian
6,416
1.2%
West Dunbartonshire
5,691
1.1%
Moray
5,576
1.1%
Argyll and Bute
5,408
1.0%
Angus
5,223
1.0%
Inverclyde
4,906
0.9%
Clackmannanshire
3,066
0.6%
Shetland Islands
1,799
0.3%
Eilean Siar
1,784
0.3%
Orkney Islands
1,220
0.2%

Business activity overview 473,604 companies with data in Scotland

Science
78,856
14.9%
Wholesale, retail
61,891
11.7%
Construction
53,760
10.2%
Administrative
48,235
9.1%
Accommodation
42,915
8.1%
ICT
34,275
6.5%
Real Estate
33,580
6.4%
Service
30,547
5.8%
Manufacturing
23,920
4.5%
Transportation
15,400
2.9%
Arts
14,955
2.8%
Health
14,645
2.8%
Dormant
12,129
2.3%
Financial
11,965
2.3%
Education
8,292
1.6%
Agriculture
7,498
1.4%
Mining
5,206
1.0%
Energy
2,699
0.5%
Home
2,313
0.4%
Water
1,819
0.3%
Public
901
0.2%
Extraterritorial
159
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 - 5.5%, Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.6% and Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.5%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 473,604 companies with data in Scotland

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Scotland

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 4,109 in in March 2023. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 6,904 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 February 2024, there were 1,138 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 October 2022 - 4.21%. 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