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Company Formations in 2021: Bedfordshire

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3.5% more companies in Bedfordshire compared to 2020

New businesses in Bedfordshire mapped

Bedford 1,730 formed

Central Bedfordshire 2,103 formed

Luton 3,563 formed

Companies formed in 2021 league table

The counties in England where most companies are formed, and how Bedfordshire compares.

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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
1st 2020: 1st
London
269,246
2nd 2020: 2nd
West Midlands
36,485
3rd 2020: 3rd
Greater Manchester
36,442
4th 2020: 4th
West Yorkshire
22,140
5th 2020: 5th
Essex
18,584
24th 2020: 18th
Bedfordshire
7,413
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
8th 2020: 8th
Hertfordshire
13,899
16th 2020: 16th
Buckinghamshire
8,910
23rd 2020: 24th
Cambridgeshire
7,476
24th 2020: 18th
Bedfordshire
7,413
27th 2020: 23rd
Northamptonshire
7,131
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
1st 2020: 1st
London
269,246
2nd 2020: 2nd
West Midlands
36,485
3rd 2020: 3rd
Greater Manchester
36,442
4th 2020: 4th
West Yorkshire
22,140
5th 2020: 5th
Essex
18,584
6th 2020: 6th
Kent
16,625
7th 2020: 7th
Hampshire
14,512
8th 2020: 8th
Hertfordshire
13,899
9th 2020: 9th
Merseyside
13,108
10th 2020: 10th
Lancashire
12,800
11th 2020: 12th
Surrey
11,021
12th 2020: 14th
South Yorkshire
10,815
13th 2020: 13th
Cheshire
9,800
14th 2020: 11th
Leicestershire
9,685
15th 2020: 15th
Berkshire
9,605
16th 2020: 16th
Buckinghamshire
8,910
17th 2020: 17th
Nottinghamshire
8,810
18th 2020: 22nd
Staffordshire
8,541
19th 2020: 20th
East Sussex
7,675
20th 2020: 21st
Tyne and Wear
7,623
21st 2020: 19th
North Yorkshire
7,614
22nd 2020: 26th
Dorset
7,584
23rd 2020: 24th
Cambridgeshire
7,476
24th 2020: 18th
Bedfordshire
7,413
25th 2020: 28th
Worcestershire
7,361
26th 2020: 25th
Derbyshire
7,261
27th 2020: 23rd
Northamptonshire
7,131
28th 2020: 31st
Somerset
7,057
29th 2020: 30th
Lincolnshire
6,903
30th 2020: 27th
Devon
6,825
31st 2020: 29th
West Sussex
6,463
32nd 2020: 32nd
Gloucestershire
6,357
33rd 2020: 35th
Suffolk
5,445
34th 2020: 37th
Norfolk
5,214
35th 2020: 33rd
Bristol
5,125
36th 2020: 38th
Warwickshire
5,117
37th 2020: 36th
Durham
5,065
38th 2020: 34th
Oxfordshire
5,053
39th 2020: 39th
Wiltshire
4,432
40th 2020: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
3,749
41st 2020: 42nd
Cornwall
2,993
42nd 2020: 41st
Shropshire
2,914
43rd 2020: 44th
Herefordshire
2,858
44th 2020: 43rd
Cumbria
2,286
45th 2020: 45th
Northumberland
1,421
46th 2020: 46th
Isle of Wight
697
47th 2020: 47th
Rutland
195

New incorporations in 2021 per 1000 Man standing people

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In Bedfordshire

12.0

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Type of companies formed in Bedfordshire breakdown

98% Private Limited Companies (7,245 companies)

2% Other company types (168 companies)

Other company types breakdown (168 companies)

Total companies in Bedfordshire by the end of 2021

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Businesses formed in Bedfordshire during 2021

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Businesses dissolved in Bedfordshire during 2021

Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Companies House did not always process company dissolutions as soon as the standard conditions for dissolution were first met.

meaning there is a total of

47,831

businesses registered in Bedfordshire at the end of 2021.

3.5% more companies in Bedfordshire compared to 2020

Surrounding counties 2021 breakdown & comparison

Cambridgeshire

56,346 total businesses
7,476 formed in 2021
6,893 dissolved in 2021

Hertfordshire

118,798 total businesses
13,899 formed in 2021
13,874 dissolved in 2021

Buckinghamshire

74,634 total businesses
8,910 formed in 2021
7,932 dissolved in 2021

Northamptonshire

53,149 total businesses
7,131 formed in 2021
6,724 dissolved in 2021

Bedfordshire

47,831 total businesses
7,413 formed in 2021
5,675 dissolved in 2021

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Ward breakdown data for

Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Brickhill
41
41
0
Bromham and Biddenham
37
48
11
Castle
257
419
162
Cauldwell
87
89
2
Clapham
29
29
0
De Parys
53
56
3
Eastcotts
25
28
3
Elstow and Stewartby
26
19
-7
Goldington
63
75
12
Great Barford
62
62
0
Harpur
78
104
26
Harrold
23
25
2
Kempston Central and East
63
73
10
Kempston North
27
23
-4
Kempston Rural
35
62
27
Kempston South
43
59
16
Kempston West
26
24
-2
Kingsbrook
92
97
5
Newnham
35
43
8
Oakley
14
28
14
Putnoe
40
33
-7
Queens Park
66
89
23
Riseley
16
25
9
Sharnbrook
31
26
-5
Wilshamstead
27
38
11
Wootton
25
38
13
Wyboston
66
77
11
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ampthill
81
89
8
Arlesey
68
70
2
Aspley and Woburn
33
52
19
Barton-le-Clay
39
30
-9
Biggleswade North
33
55
22
Biggleswade South
69
68
-1
Caddington
82
114
32
Cranfield and Marston Moretaine
92
84
-8
Dunstable-Central
124
160
36
Dunstable-Icknield
58
75
17
Dunstable-Manshead
33
27
-6
Dunstable-Northfields
58
87
29
Dunstable-Watling
61
66
5
Eaton Bray
30
23
-7
Flitwick
61
73
12
Heath and Reach
65
58
-7
Houghton Conquest and Haynes
23
26
3
Houghton Hall
45
83
38
Leighton Buzzard North
60
73
13
Leighton Buzzard South
173
182
9
Linslade
58
64
6
Northill
46
46
0
Parkside
32
39
7
Potton
38
33
-5
Sandy
64
81
17
Shefford
43
64
21
Silsoe and Shillington
65
71
6
Stotfold and Langford
48
75
27
Tithe Farm
28
42
14
Toddington
63
65
2
Westoning Flitton and Greenfield
29
28
-1
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Barnfield
54
81
27
Biscot
255
338
83
Bramingham
63
79
16
Challney
153
176
23
Crawley
62
81
19
Dallow
201
376
175
Farley
111
123
12
High Town
153
207
54
Icknield
52
96
44
Leagrave
115
147
32
Lewsey
78
99
21
Limbury
57
103
46
Northwell
59
96
37
Round Green
87
111
24
Saints
125
225
100
South
547
855
308
Stopsley
150
188
38
Sundon Park
64
94
30
Wigmore
52
88
36

Total companies 2021 league table

The counties in England where the most existing companies were based at the end of 2021 and how Bedfordshire compares to them.

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County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2020: 1st
London
1,397,474
2nd 2020: 2nd
Greater Manchester
217,557
3rd 2020: 3rd
West Midlands
198,781
4th 2020: 4th
Essex
141,948
5th 2020: 5th
West Yorkshire
141,120
31st 2020: 31st
Bedfordshire
47,831
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
8th 2020: 8th
Hertfordshire
118,798
14th 2020: 13th
Buckinghamshire
74,634
26th 2020: 26th
Cambridgeshire
56,346
28th 2020: 27th
Northamptonshire
53,149
31st 2020: 31st
Bedfordshire
47,831
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2020: 1st
London
1,397,474
2nd 2020: 2nd
Greater Manchester
217,557
3rd 2020: 3rd
West Midlands
198,781
4th 2020: 4th
Essex
141,948
5th 2020: 5th
West Yorkshire
141,120
6th 2020: 6th
Kent
126,550
7th 2020: 7th
Hampshire
123,584
8th 2020: 8th
Hertfordshire
118,798
9th 2020: 9th
Surrey
106,792
10th 2020: 11th
Lancashire
87,562
11th 2020: 10th
Cheshire
83,426
12th 2020: 12th
Merseyside
78,022
13th 2020: 14th
Berkshire
75,011
14th 2020: 13th
Buckinghamshire
74,634
15th 2020: 15th
Leicestershire
71,867
16th 2020: 16th
East Sussex
70,862
17th 2020: 17th
South Yorkshire
68,227
18th 2020: 19th
Devon
60,022
19th 2020: 18th
North Yorkshire
59,819
20th 2020: 21st
Nottinghamshire
58,780
21st 2020: 20th
West Sussex
57,619
22nd 2020: 24th
Staffordshire
57,556
23rd 2020: 23rd
Somerset
57,300
24th 2020: 22nd
Gloucestershire
56,711
25th 2020: 25th
Dorset
56,465
26th 2020: 26th
Cambridgeshire
56,346
27th 2020: 28th
Derbyshire
53,394
28th 2020: 27th
Northamptonshire
53,149
29th 2020: 29th
Lincolnshire
50,076
30th 2020: 30th
Tyne and Wear
49,266
31st 2020: 31st
Bedfordshire
47,831
32nd 2020: 32nd
Oxfordshire
45,883
33rd 2020: 34th
Norfolk
43,452
34th 2020: 33rd
Worcestershire
42,443
35th 2020: 36th
Suffolk
41,836
36th 2020: 35th
Warwickshire
40,740
37th 2020: 37th
Wiltshire
39,338
38th 2020: 38th
Bristol
36,239
39th 2020: 39th
Durham
33,620
40th 2020: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
27,909
41st 2020: 41st
Shropshire
25,765
42nd 2020: 42nd
Cornwall
24,752
43rd 2020: 43rd
Cumbria
22,499
44th 2020: 44th
Herefordshire
14,830
45th 2020: 45th
Northumberland
11,895
46th 2020: 46th
Isle of Wight
6,319
47th 2020: 47th
Rutland
2,056

Total companies at the end of 2021 per 1000 Person people

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77.5

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The last 5 years

How the total number of companies in Bedfordshire has changed over the last 5 years as new companies have been formed and some existing companies dissolved.

2017

6,469 formed

11,232 dissolved

2018

7,013 formed

4,534 dissolved

2019

6,766 formed

6,698 dissolved

2020

8,238 formed

3,941 dissolved

2021

7,413 formed

5,675 dissolved

Overall growth compared to previous year

8.02% vs 2017

0.31% vs 2018

9.64% vs 2019

3.5% vs 2020