Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in South West

Number of companies in region South West is 477,651, which is 6.6% of all 7,277,650 companies in UK. South West is ranked 6th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 31/07/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in South West

The region with the highest number of companies - 87,923 is Dorset. Cornwall has the lowest number of companies - 34,516. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 15.4%, ICT - 10.7% and Construction - 10.4%.

Number of companies by county 477,651 companies with data in South West

Dorset
87,923
18.4%
Gloucestershire
81,573
17.1%
Devon
79,589
16.7%
Somerset
76,340
16.0%
Wiltshire
65,184
13.6%
Bristol
52,526
11.0%
Cornwall
34,516
7.2%

Business activity overview 449,498 companies with data in South West

Science
73,768
15.4%
ICT
51,310
10.7%
Construction
49,497
10.4%
Wholesale, retail
46,494
9.7%
Administrative
41,447
8.7%
Real Estate
29,092
6.1%
Accommodation
24,293
5.1%
Manufacturing
23,021
4.8%
Service
22,465
4.7%
Health
18,958
4.0%
Dormant
17,737
3.7%
Arts
15,025
3.1%
Home
14,516
3.0%
Education
12,372
2.6%
Transportation
12,349
2.6%
Financial
11,315
2.4%
Agriculture
5,466
1.1%
Energy
1,893
0.4%
Water
1,685
0.4%
Public
1,185
0.2%
Mining
728
0.2%
Extraterritorial
88
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 449,498 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 6,070 in in April 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for September 2017 - 4,403 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 July 2020, there were 245 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 - 1.57%. 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