Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 524,894, which is 6.4% of all 8,217,436 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/09/2021.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South West

The region with the highest number of companies - 91,892 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 37,684. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.2%, Wholesale, retail - 10.8% and Construction - 10.5%.

Number of companies by county 524,894 companies with data in South West

Dorset
91,892
17.5%
Gloucestershire
90,481
17.2%
Devon
89,790
17.1%
Somerset
85,396
16.3%
Wiltshire
71,271
13.6%
Bristol
58,380
11.1%
Cornwall
37,684
7.2%

Business activity overview 496,277 companies with data in South West

Science
79,890
15.2%
Wholesale, retail
56,459
10.8%
Construction
55,363
10.5%
ICT
50,518
9.6%
Administrative
45,947
8.8%
Real Estate
34,057
6.5%
Accommodation
28,216
5.4%
Manufacturing
25,603
4.9%
Service
25,112
4.8%
Health
21,099
4.0%
Dormant
18,961
3.6%
Arts
16,749
3.2%
Home
15,734
3.0%
Transportation
14,587
2.8%
Education
13,751
2.6%
Financial
13,197
2.5%
Agriculture
6,096
1.2%
Energy
2,141
0.4%
Water
1,907
0.4%
Public
1,380
0.3%
Mining
790
0.2%
Extraterritorial
90
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 - 4.7% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 4.1%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 496,277 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 6,008 in in April 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 6,730 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 United States. In November 2020, there were 261 companies with at least one PCS from United States. Other popular countries are France, Germany and China.

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 2019 - 1.50%. 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