Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Scotland

Number of companies in region Scotland is 374,090, which is 5.4% of all 6,903,126 companies in UK. Scotland is ranked 9th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/01/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Scotland

The region with the highest number of companies - 70,038 is City of Edinburgh. Orkney Islands has the lowest number of companies - 915. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.9%, Construction - 9.6% and Administrative - 9.4%.

Number of companies by county 374,090 companies with data in Scotland

City of Edinburgh
70,038
18.7%
Glasgow City
69,768
18.7%
Aberdeen City
24,088
6.4%
South Lanarkshire
22,296
6.0%
Fife
17,849
4.8%
Aberdeenshire
16,610
4.4%
Highland
14,237
3.8%
North Lanarkshire
14,130
3.8%
Dundee City
11,582
3.1%
Renfrewshire
10,141
2.7%
West Lothian
8,477
2.3%
Falkirk
7,754
2.1%
Perth and Kinross
7,740
2.1%
South Ayrshire
6,896
1.8%
Stirling
6,509
1.7%
East Renfrewshire
6,225
1.7%
East Ayrshire
5,786
1.5%
East Dunbartonshire
5,291
1.4%
North Ayrshire
5,248
1.4%
The Scottish Borders
5,128
1.4%
East Lothian
4,939
1.3%
Dumfries and Galloway
4,793
1.3%
Midlothian
4,243
1.1%
Moray
4,029
1.1%
Angus
3,820
1.0%
West Dunbartonshire
3,791
1.0%
Argyll and Bute
3,746
1.0%
Inverclyde
3,230
0.9%
Clackmannanshire
2,102
0.6%
Eilean Siar
1,371
0.4%
Shetland Islands
1,318
0.4%
Orkney Islands
915
0.2%

Business activity overview 322,803 companies with data in Scotland

Science
59,636
15.9%
Construction
35,782
9.6%
Administrative
34,989
9.4%
Wholesale, retail
33,015
8.8%
Accommodation
25,953
6.9%
ICT
24,987
6.7%
Service
20,772
5.6%
Real Estate
19,308
5.2%
Manufacturing
16,887
4.5%
Arts
10,106
2.7%
Dormant
9,713
2.6%
Transportation
9,542
2.6%
Health
9,257
2.5%
Financial
7,967
2.1%
Agriculture
5,655
1.5%
Education
5,136
1.4%
Mining
4,598
1.2%
Energy
1,956
0.5%
Water
1,210
0.3%
Home
1,021
0.3%
Public
466
0.1%
Extraterritorial
135
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 - 6.9%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.8% and Other service activities n.e.c. - 3.9%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 322,803 companies with data in Scotland

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Scotland

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 3,710 in in March 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for January 2018 - 2,785 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 January 2020, there were 762 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 - 3.29%. 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