Statistics of companies in UK

Companies population in Wales

Number of companies in region Wales is 243,902, which is 3.0% of all 8,217,436 companies in UK. Wales is ranked 10th 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 Wales

The region with the highest number of companies - 62,904 is Cardiff. Blaenau Gwent has the lowest number of companies - 2,856. The top three most frequently registered business activities are Science - 13.5%, Wholesale, retail - 11.8% and Construction - 11.6%.

Number of companies by county 243,902 companies with data in Wales

Cardiff
62,904
25.8%
Swansea
19,914
8.2%
Rhondda Cynon Taff
15,660
6.4%
Newport
14,482
5.9%
Flintshire
14,079
5.8%
Carmarthenshire
10,982
4.5%
Bridgend
10,108
4.1%
The Vale of Glamorgan
9,112
3.7%
Pembrokeshire
8,685
3.6%
Caerphilly
8,660
3.6%
Wrexham
8,276
3.4%
Powys
8,113
3.3%
Monmouthshire
7,992
3.3%
Denbighshire
7,586
3.1%
Conwy
6,692
2.7%
Neath Port Talbot
6,378
2.6%
Gwynedd
6,316
2.6%
Torfaen
4,785
2.0%
Ceredigion
3,950
1.6%
Merthyr Tydfil
3,281
1.3%
Isle of Anglesey
3,091
1.3%
Blaenau Gwent
2,856
1.2%

Business activity overview 232,040 companies with data in Wales

Science
32,936
13.5%
Wholesale, retail
28,898
11.8%
Construction
28,277
11.6%
Administrative
23,538
9.7%
ICT
17,112
7.0%
Accommodation
16,411
6.7%
Manufacturing
14,243
5.8%
Real Estate
13,959
5.7%
Service
12,450
5.1%
Transportation
12,084
5.0%
Health
9,138
3.7%
Dormant
8,223
3.4%
Arts
7,970
3.3%
Financial
7,086
2.9%
Education
5,158
2.1%
Agriculture
2,659
1.1%
Home
2,647
1.1%
Water
1,202
0.5%
Energy
1,049
0.4%
Mining
497
0.2%
Public
482
0.2%
Extraterritorial
100
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 - 5.1%, Management consultancy exl. financial - 3.7% and Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate - 3.6%.

Distribution of companies by SIC CODE 232,040 companies with data in Wales

Companies population incorporation and dissolution trend in Wales

The highest number of incorporated companies in any one month is 2,680 in in August 2016. There are usually fewer dissolved companies than incorporated, the highest number recorded being for March 2021 - 3,673 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 November 2020, there were 497 companies with at least one PCS from China. Other popular countries are Germany, United States and Norway.

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 August 2019 - 3.91%. 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