24,534 companies formed

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West Yorkshire hits new record number of companies in 2023

West Yorkshire’s entrepreneurs had a productive year in 2023, forming 24,534 new companies and bringing the total of businesses registered in the county to 153,003.

This successful figure was somewhat tempered by the fact that the number of new companies formed actually dropped slightly against 2022’s figure of 25,517, and company dissolutions were up from 17,005 to 21,511. These figures mean that West Yorkshire drops a place in the national counties league table of company formations, losing its fourth place to Essex and dropping to 5th.

Our infographic of 2023 company incorporation activity in West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire, you’ll find our simple online company registration service helpful.