Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 584,344, which is 6.3% of all 9,285,011 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th 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 West

The region with the highest number of companies - 105,156 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 42,055. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.0%, Wholesale, retail - 11.4% and Construction - 10.5%.

Number of companies by county 584,344 companies with data in South West

Dorset
105,156
18.0%
Gloucestershire
100,053
17.1%
Devon
99,659
17.1%
Somerset
95,291
16.3%
Wiltshire
78,020
13.4%
Bristol
64,110
11.0%
Cornwall
42,055
7.2%

Business activity overview 555,409 companies with data in South West

Science
87,908
15.0%
Wholesale, retail
66,474
11.4%
Construction
61,485
10.5%
ICT
55,964
9.6%
Administrative
51,098
8.7%
Real Estate
39,353
6.7%
Accommodation
33,041
5.7%
Manufacturing
28,161
4.8%
Service
28,074
4.8%
Health
24,237
4.1%
Dormant
20,473
3.5%
Arts
18,772
3.2%
Transportation
17,149
2.9%
Home
17,084
2.9%
Education
15,297
2.6%
Financial
15,280
2.6%
Agriculture
6,650
1.1%
Energy
2,242
0.4%
Water
2,103
0.4%
Public
1,627
0.3%
Mining
836
0.1%
Extraterritorial
107
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 - 5.2%, Other business support service - 4.5% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.4%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 555,409 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 4,564 in in March 2021. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 6,723 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 January 2023, there were 644 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are United States, France and Pakistan.

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 - 3.00%. 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