Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Scotland

Number of companies in region Scotland is 433,038, which is 5.3% of all 8,217,436 companies in UK. Scotland is ranked 9th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/09/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Scotland

The region with the highest number of companies - 82,815 is Glasgow City. Orkney Islands has the lowest number of companies - 1,035. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.6%, Wholesale, retail - 10.2% and Construction - 9.9%.

Number of companies by county 433,038 companies with data in Scotland

Glasgow City
82,815
19.1%
City of Edinburgh
78,865
18.2%
Aberdeen City
26,763
6.2%
South Lanarkshire
25,726
5.9%
Fife
20,903
4.8%
Aberdeenshire
18,608
4.3%
North Lanarkshire
17,100
3.9%
Highland
16,257
3.8%
Dundee City
13,642
3.2%
Renfrewshire
12,091
2.8%
West Lothian
10,132
2.3%
Falkirk
9,007
2.1%
Perth and Kinross
8,987
2.1%
South Ayrshire
7,636
1.8%
Stirling
7,390
1.7%
East Renfrewshire
7,302
1.7%
East Ayrshire
6,883
1.6%
North Ayrshire
6,238
1.4%
East Dunbartonshire
6,213
1.4%
The Scottish Borders
5,976
1.4%
East Lothian
5,781
1.3%
Dumfries and Galloway
5,546
1.3%
Midlothian
5,076
1.2%
Moray
4,616
1.1%
West Dunbartonshire
4,395
1.0%
Angus
4,386
1.0%
Argyll and Bute
4,381
1.0%
Inverclyde
3,828
0.9%
Clackmannanshire
2,426
0.6%
Eilean Siar
1,540
0.4%
Shetland Islands
1,494
0.3%
Orkney Islands
1,035
0.2%

Business activity overview 380,235 companies with data in Scotland

Science
67,352
15.6%
Wholesale, retail
44,091
10.2%
Construction
42,890
9.9%
Administrative
39,970
9.2%
Accommodation
32,298
7.5%
ICT
28,623
6.6%
Service
24,702
5.7%
Real Estate
24,314
5.6%
Manufacturing
19,911
4.6%
Arts
12,085
2.8%
Transportation
11,816
2.7%
Health
10,949
2.5%
Dormant
10,421
2.4%
Financial
9,538
2.2%
Agriculture
6,374
1.5%
Education
6,358
1.5%
Mining
4,868
1.1%
Energy
2,183
0.5%
Home
1,489
0.3%
Water
1,465
0.3%
Public
619
0.1%
Extraterritorial
147
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 - 6.3%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 4.7% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.0%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 380,235 companies with data in Scotland

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Scotland

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 3,717 in in March 2021. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 6,913 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