Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Wales

Number of companies in region Wales is 283,701, which is 3.1% of all 9,285,011 companies in UK. Wales is ranked 10th 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 Wales

The region with the highest number of companies - 82,114 is Cardiff. Blaenau Gwent has the lowest number of companies - 3,261. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Wholesale, retail - 14.0%, Science - 13.2% and Construction - 11.3%.

Number of companies by county 283,701 companies with data in Wales

Cardiff
82,114
28.9%
Swansea
22,449
7.9%
Rhondda Cynon Taff
16,873
5.9%
Newport
16,201
5.7%
Flintshire
15,669
5.5%
Carmarthenshire
12,114
4.3%
Bridgend
11,543
4.1%
The Vale of Glamorgan
10,217
3.6%
Caerphilly
9,782
3.4%
Pembrokeshire
9,568
3.4%
Wrexham
9,112
3.2%
Powys
8,978
3.2%
Monmouthshire
8,855
3.1%
Denbighshire
8,305
2.9%
Conwy
7,356
2.6%
Neath Port Talbot
7,297
2.6%
Gwynedd
7,010
2.5%
Torfaen
5,507
1.9%
Ceredigion
4,372
1.5%
Merthyr Tydfil
3,651
1.3%
Isle of Anglesey
3,467
1.2%
Blaenau Gwent
3,261
1.1%

Business activity overview 271,733 companies with data in Wales

Wholesale, retail
39,639
14.0%
Science
37,363
13.2%
Construction
32,149
11.3%
Administrative
27,370
9.6%
ICT
20,281
7.1%
Accommodation
19,301
6.8%
Real Estate
16,746
5.9%
Manufacturing
16,017
5.6%
Service
14,906
5.3%
Transportation
13,151
4.6%
Health
10,823
3.8%
Arts
9,073
3.2%
Dormant
9,013
3.2%
Financial
8,517
3.0%
Education
6,058
2.1%
Home
3,076
1.1%
Agriculture
3,068
1.1%
Water
1,376
0.5%
Energy
1,146
0.4%
Public
649
0.2%
Mining
553
0.2%
Extraterritorial
113
0.0%

Industrial classification of companies in Wales

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 Other business support service - 4.8%, Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 3.8% and Management consultancy exl. financial - 3.7%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 271,733 companies with data in Wales

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Wales

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 2,600 in in March 2022. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 3,661 companies were dissolved.

Incorporation and dissolution of companies by month Wales

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Persons with significant control
in companies in Wales

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 Wales

The most popular country, as regards to PSC origin, is China. In January 2023, there were 1,050 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are Pakistan, Morocco and Germany.

Top 10 countries with local PSCs Wales

Percentage of companies with foreign PSCs being incorporated each month in the Wales

The highest proportion of companies with a foreign PSC to be incorporated in one month was in May 2021 - 8.97%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 15.07% was in October 2022. 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 Wales