669,855 companies formed

UK  669,855 companies formed in the UK in total  View national statistics


Record UK company formations as business numbers hit all-time high

UK company formation reached record levels in 2018, with 669,855 companies formed across the country.

The continued drive to form a UK company, despite Brexit anxieties, also meant the total number of companies nationwide hit an all-time high of 4,308,022. The UK company population is up 4.6% in a year and 30.8% in five years.

Our infographic below paints a picture of UK company formation in 2018, breaking down the data by region and telling some of the stories behind the numbers. We’ve also produced a whole suite of infographics covering different areas of the UK, so you can delve into the details of different nations, counties, districts and even individual wards.

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