Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 550,393, which is 6.3% of all 8,674,360 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/05/2022.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South West

The region with the highest number of companies - 96,456 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 39,697. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.1%, Wholesale, retail - 11.0% and Construction - 10.6%.

Number of companies by county 550,393 companies with data in South West

Dorset
96,456
17.5%
Gloucestershire
94,864
17.2%
Devon
94,487
17.2%
Somerset
89,794
16.3%
Wiltshire
74,229
13.5%
Bristol
60,866
11.1%
Cornwall
39,697
7.2%

Business activity overview 521,588 companies with data in South West

Science
83,061
15.1%
Wholesale, retail
60,700
11.0%
Construction
58,098
10.6%
ICT
52,323
9.5%
Administrative
48,083
8.7%
Real Estate
36,544
6.6%
Accommodation
30,309
5.5%
Manufacturing
26,701
4.9%
Service
26,454
4.8%
Health
22,343
4.1%
Dormant
19,546
3.6%
Arts
17,619
3.2%
Home
16,350
3.0%
Transportation
16,143
2.9%
Education
14,422
2.6%
Financial
14,205
2.6%
Agriculture
6,339
1.2%
Energy
2,146
0.4%
Water
1,990
0.4%
Public
1,457
0.3%
Mining
816
0.1%
Extraterritorial
94
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 - 4.6% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.3%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 521,588 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 4,500 in in July 2020. 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 May 2022, there were 530 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 - 3.57%. 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