Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South East

Number of companies in region South East is 1,056,164, which is 13.5% of all 7,841,461 companies in UK. South East is ranked 2nd among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/04/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South East

The region with the highest number of companies - 188,999 is Hampshire. Medway has the lowest number of companies - 27,155. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 17.4%, ICT - 11.4% and Administrative - 10.5%.

Number of companies by county 1,056,164 companies with data in South East

Hampshire
188,999
17.9%
Kent
170,441
16.1%
Surrey
168,625
16.0%
Berkshire
125,648
11.9%
Buckinghamshire
111,416
10.5%
East Sussex
107,893
10.2%
West Sussex
87,655
8.3%
Oxfordshire
68,332
6.5%
Medway
27,155
2.6%

Business activity overview 1,005,178 companies with data in South East

Science
183,525
17.4%
ICT
120,612
11.4%
Administrative
110,692
10.5%
Wholesale, retail
105,920
10.0%
Construction
105,870
10.0%
Real Estate
65,859
6.2%
Service
52,759
5.0%
Health
45,064
4.3%
Accommodation
42,250
4.0%
Manufacturing
42,142
4.0%
Dormant
36,480
3.5%
Transportation
33,310
3.2%
Arts
30,753
2.9%
Financial
29,185
2.8%
Home
25,031
2.4%
Education
21,452
2.0%
Agriculture
6,177
0.6%
Water
3,348
0.3%
Energy
2,730
0.3%
Public
2,271
0.2%
Mining
1,488
0.1%
Extraterritorial
320
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in South East

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 Management consultancy exl. financial - 6.5%, Other business support service - 6.1% and Information technology consultancy activities - 4.8%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 1,005,178 companies with data in South East

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in South East

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 8,957 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 14,014 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month South East

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Persons with significant control
in companies in South East

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 South East

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is United States. In November 2020, there were 952 companies with at least one PCS from United States. Other popular countries are Hungary, Germany and France.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs South East

Percentage of companies with foreign PSCs being incorporated each month in the South East

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in August 2016 - 1.75%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 5.95% was in August 2020. 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 South East