Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South East

Number of companies in region South East is 938,775, which is 13.6% of all 6,903,126 companies in UK. South East is ranked 2nd 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 South East

The region with the highest number of companies - 168,509 is Hampshire. Medway has the lowest number of companies - 23,284. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 17.8%, ICT - 11.8% and Administrative - 10.6%.

Number of companies by county 938,775 companies with data in South East

Hampshire
168,509
17.9%
Surrey
151,136
16.1%
Kent
148,812
15.9%
Berkshire
112,375
12.0%
Buckinghamshire
98,870
10.5%
East Sussex
97,234
10.4%
West Sussex
77,729
8.3%
Oxfordshire
60,826
6.5%
Medway
23,284
2.5%

Business activity overview 888,670 companies with data in South East

Science
166,701
17.8%
ICT
110,382
11.8%
Administrative
99,865
10.6%
Construction
92,383
9.8%
Wholesale, retail
84,309
9.0%
Real Estate
53,933
5.7%
Service
45,942
4.9%
Health
39,549
4.2%
Manufacturing
36,963
3.9%
Accommodation
35,404
3.8%
Dormant
34,877
3.7%
Transportation
28,280
3.0%
Arts
27,031
2.9%
Financial
24,888
2.7%
Home
22,444
2.4%
Education
18,445
2.0%
Agriculture
5,402
0.6%
Water
2,915
0.3%
Energy
2,434
0.3%
Public
1,725
0.2%
Mining
1,387
0.1%
Extraterritorial
298
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 - 6.6%, Other business support service - 6.5% and Information technology consultancy activities - 5.0%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 888,670 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 8,032 in in April 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for April 2019 - 7,484 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 January 2020, there were 834 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 - 1.76%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 4.91% was in April 2017. 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