Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Scotland

Number of companies in region Scotland is 480,119, which is 5.2% of all 9,285,011 companies in UK. Scotland is ranked 9th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/01/2023.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Scotland

The region with the highest number of companies - 92,942 is Glasgow City. Orkney Islands has the lowest number of companies - 1,135. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.2%, Wholesale, retail - 10.9% and Construction - 10.1%.

Number of companies by county 480,119 companies with data in Scotland

Glasgow City
92,942
19.4%
City of Edinburgh
86,519
18.0%
Aberdeen City
28,616
6.0%
South Lanarkshire
28,302
5.9%
Fife
23,101
4.8%
Aberdeenshire
20,112
4.2%
North Lanarkshire
19,465
4.1%
Highland
17,784
3.7%
Dundee City
15,801
3.3%
Renfrewshire
13,563
2.8%
West Lothian
11,423
2.4%
Falkirk
10,045
2.1%
Perth and Kinross
9,798
2.0%
South Ayrshire
8,436
1.8%
East Renfrewshire
8,167
1.7%
Stirling
8,073
1.7%
East Ayrshire
7,704
1.6%
North Ayrshire
6,977
1.5%
East Dunbartonshire
6,964
1.5%
The Scottish Borders
6,561
1.4%
East Lothian
6,474
1.3%
Dumfries and Galloway
6,160
1.3%
Midlothian
5,714
1.2%
Moray
5,115
1.1%
West Dunbartonshire
5,018
1.0%
Argyll and Bute
4,878
1.0%
Angus
4,801
1.0%
Inverclyde
4,399
0.9%
Clackmannanshire
2,745
0.6%
Eilean Siar
1,677
0.3%
Shetland Islands
1,650
0.3%
Orkney Islands
1,135
0.2%

Business activity overview 426,152 companies with data in Scotland

Science
72,986
15.2%
Wholesale, retail
52,351
10.9%
Construction
48,535
10.1%
Administrative
43,883
9.1%
Accommodation
37,472
7.8%
ICT
31,266
6.5%
Real Estate
28,992
6.0%
Service
27,656
5.8%
Manufacturing
21,887
4.6%
Transportation
13,670
2.8%
Arts
13,504
2.8%
Health
12,764
2.7%
Dormant
11,325
2.4%
Financial
10,773
2.2%
Education
7,257
1.5%
Agriculture
6,985
1.5%
Mining
5,040
1.0%
Energy
2,466
0.5%
Home
1,886
0.4%
Water
1,651
0.3%
Public
754
0.2%
Extraterritorial
157
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 - 5.8%, 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 426,152 companies with data in Scotland

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Scotland

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 3,719 in in March 2021. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 6,907 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 January 2023, there were 950 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 - 4.23%. 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