Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South East

Number of companies in region South East is 1,000,774, which is 13.5% of all 7,419,786 companies in UK. South East is ranked 2nd among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/09/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South East

The region with the highest number of companies - 179,269 is Hampshire. Medway has the lowest number of companies - 25,710. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 17.5%, ICT - 11.6% and Administrative - 10.6%.

Number of companies by county 1,000,774 companies with data in South East

Hampshire
179,269
17.9%
Kent
160,362
16.0%
Surrey
159,667
16.0%
Berkshire
119,350
11.9%
Buckinghamshire
105,701
10.6%
East Sussex
102,856
10.3%
West Sussex
83,095
8.3%
Oxfordshire
64,764
6.5%
Medway
25,710
2.6%

Business activity overview 950,264 companies with data in South East

Science
175,410
17.5%
ICT
115,751
11.6%
Administrative
105,809
10.6%
Construction
99,242
9.9%
Wholesale, retail
95,881
9.6%
Real Estate
59,825
6.0%
Service
49,619
5.0%
Health
42,506
4.2%
Manufacturing
39,622
4.0%
Accommodation
39,070
3.9%
Dormant
35,674
3.6%
Transportation
31,179
3.1%
Arts
29,012
2.9%
Financial
27,071
2.7%
Home
23,975
2.4%
Education
20,032
2.0%
Agriculture
5,798
0.6%
Water
3,127
0.3%
Energy
2,607
0.3%
Public
2,020
0.2%
Mining
1,439
0.1%
Extraterritorial
319
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 - 6.3% and Information technology consultancy activities - 4.9%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 950,264 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 8,896 in in July 2020. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2020 - 9,162 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 September 2020, there were 922 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 - 1.77%. 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