20,333 companies formed

UK  900,006 companies formed in the UK in total View national statistics

A record year for company formations in Essex

Always a powerhouse of business activity, Essex surpassed itself in 2023 with a record performance: 20,333 new companies incorporated. This brings the total number of companies in Essex to a new high of 153,732, an increase of 3.6% over 2022.

Essex keeps its 5th place in the league table of English counties after this result, behind only West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, West Midlands and London.

Of Essex’s boroughs, Thurrock had the greatest number of new business formations with 2,489, followed by Southend-on-Sea with 2,385 and Epping Forest with 2,217.

Our infographic of 2023 company incorporation activity in Essex gives further details about companies formed in the county during the year and how it compares with the performance of other counties in England.

If you’d like to start a new company in Essex, you’ll find our simple online company registration service helpful.