Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Wales

Number of companies in region Wales is 217,162, which is 2.9% of all 7,419,786 companies in UK. Wales is ranked 10th among 12 regions in the number of companies. Last update of company data was on 30/09/2020.

Companies location and business activity breakdown in Wales

The region with the highest number of companies - 54,115 is Cardiff. Blaenau Gwent has the lowest number of companies - 2,508. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 13.9%, Construction - 11.6% and Wholesale, retail - 10.8%.

Number of companies by county 217,162 companies with data in Wales

Cardiff
54,115
24.9%
Swansea
17,891
8.2%
Rhondda Cynon Taff
14,155
6.5%
Newport
12,934
6.0%
Flintshire
12,481
5.7%
Carmarthenshire
9,819
4.5%
Bridgend
8,937
4.1%
Pembrokeshire
8,080
3.7%
The Vale of Glamorgan
8,002
3.7%
Caerphilly
7,736
3.6%
Wrexham
7,622
3.5%
Powys
7,409
3.4%
Monmouthshire
7,288
3.4%
Denbighshire
6,938
3.2%
Conwy
6,146
2.8%
Gwynedd
5,801
2.7%
Neath Port Talbot
5,713
2.6%
Torfaen
4,288
2.0%
Ceredigion
3,579
1.6%
Merthyr Tydfil
2,974
1.4%
Isle of Anglesey
2,746
1.3%
Blaenau Gwent
2,508
1.2%

Business activity overview 205,423 companies with data in Wales

Science
30,132
13.9%
Construction
25,086
11.6%
Wholesale, retail
23,441
10.8%
Administrative
21,007
9.7%
ICT
15,359
7.1%
Accommodation
14,077
6.5%
Manufacturing
12,909
5.9%
Real Estate
11,914
5.5%
Service
10,873
5.0%
Transportation
10,498
4.8%
Health
8,181
3.8%
Dormant
7,705
3.5%
Arts
7,161
3.3%
Financial
6,125
2.8%
Education
4,571
2.1%
Home
2,345
1.1%
Agriculture
2,332
1.1%
Water
1,067
0.5%
Energy
951
0.4%
Mining
442
0.2%
Public
394
0.2%
Extraterritorial
87
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 - 5.4%, Dormant - 3.8% and Management consultancy exl. financial - 3.7%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 205,423 companies with data in Wales

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Wales

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 2,663 in in August 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for January 2018 - 3,426 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 September 2020, there were 475 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are Germany, United States and France.

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 December 2017 - 3.85%. Since 2017 the number of dissolutions has exceeded the number of new incorporations. The highest proportion to be dissolved in one month was 7.72% was in April 2020. 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