Database of Companies in the UK: Top Industries and Biggest Players

According to our latest records (as of May 2022), there are more than 7.37M companies registered in the United Kingdom. 41.4% of those operate in services and 14.26% in retail. 16.4% of all UK companies are based in London.

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The majority of companies doing business in the United Kingdom have a legal form of corporations (65.1%) and proprietorships (12.8%).

UK: Distribution of companies by legal form

Legal Form Share  
Corporation 65.10%
Unknown Type 17.73%
Proprietorship 12.83%
Partnership Of Unknown Type 4.14%
Foreign Company 0.17%
Non Profit Organization 0.03%
Government Body 0.01%
Joint Venture 0%

43.8% of all UK-based corporations and 42.5% of proprietorships operate in services. In the case of corporations, the second most represented industry is finance, insurance, and real estate (17.6%) with retail (12.5%) in the third place. Among proprietorships, retail is second (23.8%), and construction is third (11.1%).

UK: Distribution of corporations and proprietorships by industry

Industry
Services 2,104,566 402,489
Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate 848,302 28,693
Retail Trade 601,776 25,060
Construction 404,619 104,924
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services 248,285 44,904
Manufacturing 222,580 56,987
Wholesale Trade 179,603 25,534
Unknown industry 108,232 2,866
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing 60,294 50,152
Mining 10,465 463
Public Sector 9,917 3,374

The most represented SIC Code among corporations is business services (398,000), followed by sub-divider/developer (253,000), and management consulting services (204,000). In the case of proprietorships, eating places are first (66,000), followed by beauty shops (46,000) and general auto repair (30,000).

SIC Codes with the highest number of companies registered as corporations and proprietorships

Corporations
Business services 398,321
Subdivider/developer 253,119
Management consulting services 204,799
Real estate agent/manager 185,872
Computer-related services 184,474
Real property lessor 179,986
Eating place 169,465
Misc personal services 143,206
Non-classified establishment 108,232
Ret mail-order house 104,073
Proprietorships
Eating place 66,363
Beauty shop 46,809
General auto repair 30,791
Ret misc merchandise 22,725
Drinking place 22,001
School/educational services 19,884
Health/allied services 18,979
Plumbing/heating/air conditioning contractor 18,340
Business services 17,415
Residential construction 16,245

Majority of UK-based companies operate in services (41.3%), retail (14.2%), and finance, insurance, and real estate (12.6%). According to our latest records (as of May 2022), more than half of sales are generated by finance, insurance, and real estate (EUR 6.9B, which represents 41.85% of sales generated by all UK-based companies per year) and services (EUR 3.8B, which represents 23.25% of sales generated by all UK-based companies per year).

London remains to be the UK's financial capital, responsible for 69.1% (EUR 4.8B) of the total annual sales in the finance, insurance, and real estate industry. This can be explained by the fact that the world's top financial businesses are headquartered in the capital city. The list includes companies like Industrial And Commercial Bank Of China Limited, Bank Of China Limited, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Bank Of America, National Association, and HSBC Holdings PLC. Here it needs to be noted that these sales numbers could be skewed - banks’ and other financial institutions' sales numbers could include not only actual revenues brought in by, for example, interest on mortgages but also mortgages themselves (the amount actually borrowed from a bank). The top 100 companies in this industry account for 51.7% of sales in the entire UK economy.

UK: Distribution of companies by industry

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Industry Number of Companies
Services 3,050,911
Retail Trade 1,050,999
Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate 935,051
Unknown industry 682,017
Construction 598,648
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services 328,613
Manufacturing 313,229
Wholesale Trade 224,036
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing 157,350
Public Sector 19,434
Mining 11,387

UK: Distribution of sales by industry

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Industry Sales
Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate € 6.946T
Services € 3.86T
Manufacturing € 1.268T
Retail Trade € 1.233T
Transportation, Communications, Electric, Gas, and Sanitary Services € 1.21T
Wholesale Trade € 1.045T
Construction € 461B
Mining € 304.2B
Public Sector € 126.6B
Unknown industry € 81.09B
Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing € 64.55B

38% of all companies operating in the UK do business in the top 10 SIC Codes. Most of the UK business operate under business services (5.92%) and eating places (4.15%) SIC Codes.

UK: Distribution of companies by SIC Codes

SIC Code Number of Companies Share  
Non classified establishment 682,017 9.25%
Business services 436,357 5.92%
Eating place 305,833 4.15%
Subdivider/developer 256,437 3.48%
Management consulting services 222,190 3.01%
Real estate agent/manager 211,147 2.86%
Computer related services 199,476 2.71%
Real property lessor 183,647 2.49%
Misc personal services 165,326 2.24%
Beauty shop 142,000 1.93%
School/educational services 140,127 1.9%
Ret mail-order house 109,113 1.48%
Individual/family services 103,257 1.4%
Health/allied services 103,077 1.4%
Trade contractor 102,764 1.39%
Holding company 98,080 1.33%
Engineering services 93,051 1.26%
Trucking operator-non local 91,376 1.24%
Residential construction 89,601 1.22%
General auto repair 87,506 1.19%

Almost one-sixth of companies are based in London. London is home to 16.4% of all UK companies, followed by Manchester (1.7%) and Birmingham (1.6%). Overall, 26.85% of all businesses are registered in the following 10 cities.

UK: Cities with the highest number of companies registered there

City Number of Companies Share
LONDON 1,208,656 16.4%
MANCHESTER 125,135 1.7%
BIRMINGHAM 117,864 1.6%
GLASGOW 102,577 1.39%
BRISTOL 86,528 1.17%
LEEDS 71,604 0.97%
EDINBURGH 71,339 0.97%
NOTTINGHAM 66,797 0.91%
LIVERPOOL 65,621 0.89%
LEICESTER 63,505 0.86%
Other Cities 5,392,049 73.15%

According to our latest records (as of May 2022), the top performing company in the United Kingdom in terms of sales is Royal Dutch Shell PLC with EUR 161.2B per year, followed by BP PLC (EUR 161.1B). The top 15 largest companies have total annual sales of EUR 1.4T, which represents 20.8% of sales generated by all companies in the United Kingdom.

UK-based companies with the highest annual sales

Company Sales
INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA LIMITED € 163,051,568,308
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC € 161,274,775,251
BP PLC. € 161,116,665,354
GLENCORE PLC € 127,147,155,856
BANK OF CHINA LIMITED € 119,567,969,945
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION € 98,569,461,845
BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION € 84,406,566,792
ALLIANZ CAPITAL PARTNERS GMBH LONDON BRANCH € 75,714,000,000
JACK RICHARDS HOLDINGS LIMITED € 71,883,114,862
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC € 71,845,316,067
FIRST COMMERCIAL BANK, LIMITED € 68,496,519,275
HUA NAN COMMERCIAL BANK, LTD. € 65,314,550,047
MITSUBISHI UFJ FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. € 59,825,681,335
CANADA PENSION PLAN INVESTMENT BOARD € 58,935,267,912
CITIBANK N.A € 57,621,678,228
Top 15 largest companies € 1,444,770,291,077
Total € 6,945,813,294,699

G4S Limited, a private security service, is the UK's largest employer with 551,748 employees. Tesco PLC is second with more than 367,000 employees, followed by HSBC Holdings PLC with 239,000 employees. UK's 15 largest companies employ 4.4% of all employees in the United Kingdom.

UK: Companies with the highest number of employees

Company Number of Employees
G4S LIMITED 551,748
TESCO PLC 367,321
HSBC HOLDINGS PLC 239,712
J SAINSBURY PLC 171,400
ROYAL MAIL PLC 159,194
GLENCORE PLC 158,000
UNILEVER PLC 153,000
TESCO STORES LIMITED 151,496
BROADSTREET GREAT WILSON EUROPE LIMITED 150,176
ASDA GROUP LIMITED 150,176
SAINSBURY'S SUPERMARKETS LTD 148,700
APTIV PLC 143,000
ASDA STORES LIMITED 142,244
WITTINGTON INVESTMENTS LIMITED 139,570
Top 15 largest companies 2,962,737
All employees 66,970,516

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