Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 565,514, which is 6.3% of all 8,942,704 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/08/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South West

The region with the highest number of companies - 99,437 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 40,710. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.0%, Wholesale, retail - 11.2% and Construction - 10.6%.

Number of companies by county 565,514 companies with data in South West

Dorset
99,437
17.6%
Gloucestershire
97,303
17.2%
Devon
97,051
17.2%
Somerset
92,695
16.4%
Wiltshire
76,043
13.4%
Bristol
62,275
11.0%
Cornwall
40,710
7.2%

Business activity overview 536,627 companies with data in South West

Science
84,795
15.0%
Wholesale, retail
63,343
11.2%
Construction
59,794
10.6%
ICT
53,445
9.5%
Administrative
49,360
8.7%
Real Estate
38,001
6.7%
Accommodation
31,684
5.6%
Manufacturing
27,306
4.8%
Service
27,207
4.8%
Health
23,195
4.1%
Dormant
20,012
3.5%
Arts
18,103
3.2%
Transportation
16,885
3.0%
Home
16,686
3.0%
Education
14,793
2.6%
Financial
14,718
2.6%
Agriculture
6,487
1.1%
Energy
2,180
0.4%
Water
2,044
0.4%
Public
1,516
0.3%
Mining
853
0.2%
Extraterritorial
96
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in South West

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 - 5.1%, Other business support service - 4.5% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 536,627 companies with data in South West

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in South West

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 4,516 in in March 2021. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 6,726 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month South West

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Persons with significant control
in companies in South West

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 West

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is China. In August 2022, there were 594 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, France and Germany.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs South West

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

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in December 2021 - 3.35%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 6.88% 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 West