Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South East

Number of companies in region South East is 1,141,296, which is 13.2% of all 8,674,360 companies in UK. South East is ranked 2nd among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/04/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South East

The region with the highest number of companies - 204,486 is Hampshire. Medway has the lowest number of companies - 30,252. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 17.0%, ICT - 11.2% and Wholesale, retail - 10.6%.

Number of companies by county 1,141,296 companies with data in South East

Hampshire
204,486
17.9%
Kent
185,184
16.2%
Surrey
179,030
15.7%
Berkshire
135,793
11.9%
Buckinghamshire
123,013
10.8%
East Sussex
115,436
10.1%
West Sussex
94,315
8.3%
Oxfordshire
73,787
6.5%
Medway
30,252
2.7%

Business activity overview 1,089,707 companies with data in South East

Science
194,212
17.0%
ICT
127,826
11.2%
Wholesale, retail
120,784
10.6%
Administrative
119,336
10.5%
Construction
115,605
10.1%
Real Estate
74,826
6.6%
Service
57,563
5.0%
Health
49,660
4.4%
Accommodation
47,710
4.2%
Manufacturing
45,337
4.0%
Dormant
38,451
3.4%
Transportation
36,996
3.2%
Arts
33,375
2.9%
Financial
32,121
2.8%
Home
27,085
2.4%
Education
23,490
2.1%
Agriculture
6,709
0.6%
Water
3,663
0.3%
Energy
2,986
0.3%
Public
2,615
0.2%
Mining
1,559
0.1%
Extraterritorial
338
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 - 6.4%, Other business support service - 5.8% and Information technology consultancy activities - 4.6%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 1,089,707 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 9,202 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 13,998 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 April 2022, there were 1,249 companies with at least one PCS from United States. Other popular countries are Germany, Hungary and Netherlands.

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 May 2021 - 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