Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South East

Number of companies in region South East is 1,199,428, which is 12.9% of all 9,285,011 companies in UK. South East is ranked 2nd among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/01/2023.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South East

The region with the highest number of companies - 213,928 is Hampshire. Medway has the lowest number of companies - 32,250. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 16.8%, ICT - 11.0% and Wholesale, retail - 10.9%.

Number of companies by county 1,199,428 companies with data in South East

Hampshire
213,928
17.8%
Kent
196,190
16.4%
Surrey
186,502
15.5%
Berkshire
143,532
12.0%
Buckinghamshire
130,248
10.9%
East Sussex
119,849
10.0%
West Sussex
99,324
8.3%
Oxfordshire
77,605
6.5%
Medway
32,250
2.7%

Business activity overview 1,147,594 companies with data in South East

Science
201,928
16.8%
ICT
131,994
11.0%
Wholesale, retail
131,095
10.9%
Administrative
124,767
10.4%
Construction
122,756
10.2%
Real Estate
80,928
6.7%
Service
61,140
5.1%
Health
53,658
4.5%
Accommodation
51,578
4.3%
Manufacturing
47,419
4.0%
Dormant
40,080
3.3%
Transportation
38,445
3.2%
Arts
35,228
2.9%
Financial
34,345
2.9%
Home
28,479
2.4%
Education
25,159
2.1%
Agriculture
7,091
0.6%
Water
3,910
0.3%
Energy
3,176
0.3%
Public
2,942
0.2%
Mining
1,575
0.1%
Extraterritorial
342
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 - 5.6% and Information technology consultancy activities - 4.5%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 1,147,594 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 9,243 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 13,991 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 2023, there were 1,350 companies with at least one PCS from United States. Other popular countries are Germany, Hungary and China.

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 2022 - 1.98%. 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