Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 491,232, which is 6.4% of all 7,626,767 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/12/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South West

The region with the highest number of companies - 85,945 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 35,283. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.4%, Construction - 10.5% and Wholesale, retail - 10.1%.

Number of companies by county 491,232 companies with data in South West

Dorset
85,945
17.5%
Gloucestershire
84,714
17.2%
Devon
83,178
16.9%
Somerset
79,518
16.2%
Wiltshire
67,524
13.7%
Bristol
55,070
11.2%
Cornwall
35,283
7.2%

Business activity overview 462,970 companies with data in South West

Science
75,787
15.4%
Construction
51,569
10.5%
Wholesale, retail
49,836
10.1%
ICT
48,101
9.8%
Administrative
43,115
8.8%
Real Estate
30,790
6.3%
Accommodation
25,617
5.2%
Manufacturing
24,005
4.9%
Service
23,349
4.8%
Health
19,713
4.0%
Dormant
18,144
3.7%
Arts
15,595
3.2%
Home
14,969
3.0%
Transportation
13,439
2.7%
Education
12,854
2.6%
Financial
11,940
2.4%
Agriculture
5,675
1.2%
Energy
2,006
0.4%
Water
1,767
0.4%
Public
1,255
0.3%
Mining
752
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 - 4.9% and Dormant - 3.9%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 462,970 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 6,010 in in April 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for October 2020 - 6,745 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