Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 643,496, which is 6.2% of all 10,453,193 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/04/2024.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South West

The region with the highest number of companies - 116,846 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 46,594. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 14.9%, Wholesale, retail - 12.0% and Construction - 10.5%.

Number of companies by county 643,496 companies with data in South West

Dorset
116,846
18.2%
Gloucestershire
110,666
17.2%
Devon
110,026
17.1%
Somerset
104,304
16.2%
Wiltshire
85,638
13.3%
Bristol
69,422
10.8%
Cornwall
46,594
7.2%

Business activity overview 614,029 companies with data in South West

Science
95,631
14.9%
Wholesale, retail
77,316
12.0%
Construction
67,372
10.5%
ICT
60,887
9.5%
Administrative
56,987
8.9%
Real Estate
44,852
7.0%
Accommodation
37,516
5.8%
Service
31,010
4.8%
Manufacturing
30,944
4.8%
Health
27,476
4.3%
Dormant
21,968
3.4%
Arts
20,930
3.3%
Transportation
18,603
2.9%
Home
18,151
2.8%
Financial
17,612
2.7%
Education
16,946
2.6%
Agriculture
7,236
1.1%
Energy
2,583
0.4%
Water
2,342
0.4%
Public
1,933
0.3%
Mining
879
0.1%
Extraterritorial
127
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 letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.6% and Other business support service - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 614,029 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 4,808 in in April 2024. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 6,721 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 April 2024, there were 908 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, Pakistan and France.

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 May 2023 - 2.90%. 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