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Company Formations in 2017: Greater Manchester

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???? Businesses formed in Greater Manchester during 2017

5.7% more companies in Greater Manchester compared to 2016

New businesses in Greater Manchester mapped

Boroughs

  • ABolton: 2,805
  • BBury: 2,970
  • CManchester: 9,149
  • DOldham: 1,786
  • ERochdale: 2,639
  • FSalford: 2,849
  • GStockport: 2,786
  • HTameside: 1,452
  • ITrafford: 3,015
  • JWigan: 1,649

Companies formed in 2017 league table

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

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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
1st 2016: 1st
London
205,527
2nd 2016: 2nd
Greater Manchester
31,124
3rd 2016: 3rd
West Midlands
26,802
4th 2016: 4th
West Yorkshire
16,604
5th 2016: 6th
Essex
15,922
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
2nd 2016: 2nd
Greater Manchester
31,124
4th 2016: 4th
West Yorkshire
16,604
9th 2016: 7th
Cheshire
11,619
10th 2016: 13th
Merseyside
11,016
12th 2016: 14th
Lancashire
10,646
16th 2016: 15th
South Yorkshire
8,325
27th 2016: 27th
Derbyshire
5,803
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
1st 2016: 1st
London
205,527
2nd 2016: 2nd
Greater Manchester
31,124
3rd 2016: 3rd
West Midlands
26,802
4th 2016: 4th
West Yorkshire
16,604
5th 2016: 6th
Essex
15,922
6th 2016: 8th
Kent
14,860
7th 2016: 5th
Hertfordshire
13,752
8th 2016: 9th
Hampshire
13,642
9th 2016: 7th
Cheshire
11,619
10th 2016: 13th
Merseyside
11,016
11th 2016: 12th
Surrey
11,009
12th 2016: 14th
Lancashire
10,646
13th 2016: 18th
Leicestershire
10,566
14th 2016: 22nd
Northamptonshire
9,958
15th 2016: 16th
Berkshire
8,679
16th 2016: 15th
South Yorkshire
8,325
17th 2016: 17th
Buckinghamshire
7,992
18th 2016: 24th
Worcestershire
7,804
19th 2016: 20th
East Sussex
7,318
20th 2016: 19th
Dorset
7,242
21st 2016: 23rd
Nottinghamshire
6,937
22nd 2016: 25th
North Yorkshire
6,766
23rd 2016: 10th
Bedfordshire
6,469
24th 2016: 21st
Staffordshire
6,449
25th 2016: 28th
Cambridgeshire
6,384
26th 2016: 26th
Tyne and Wear
6,166
27th 2016: 27th
Derbyshire
5,803
28th 2016: 30th
Devon
5,615
29th 2016: 29th
West Sussex
5,598
30th 2016: 32nd
Gloucestershire
5,447
31st 2016: 31st
Lincolnshire
5,414
32nd 2016: 33rd
Somerset
5,329
33rd 2016: 11th
Wiltshire
5,227
34th 2016: 34th
Bristol
4,744
35th 2016: 39th
East Riding of Yorkshire
4,646
36th 2016: 35th
Warwickshire
4,617
37th 2016: 36th
Oxfordshire
4,612
38th 2016: 37th
Norfolk
4,399
39th 2016: 38th
Suffolk
4,145
40th 2016: 40th
Durham
4,077
41st 2016: 42nd
Cornwall
2,665
42nd 2016: 41st
Shropshire
2,474
43rd 2016: 43rd
Cumbria
2,215
44th 2016: 44th
Northumberland
1,360
45th 2016: 45th
Herefordshire
906
46th 2016: 46th
Isle of Wight
528
47th 2016: 47th
Rutland
186

New incorporations in 2017 per 1000 Man standing people

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In Greater Manchester

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Type of companies formed in Greater Manchester breakdown

98% Private Limited Companies (30,408 companies)

2% Other company types (716 companies)

Other company types breakdown (716 companies)

Total companies in Greater Manchester by the end of 2017

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Businesses formed in Greater Manchester during 2017

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Businesses dissolved in Greater Manchester during 2017

meaning there is a total of

177,360

businesses registered in Greater Manchester at the end of 2017.

5.7% more companies in Greater Manchester compared to 2016

Surrounding counties 2017 breakdown & comparison

Lancashire

71,294 total businesses
10,646 formed in 2017
8,024 dissolved in 2017

Derbyshire

44,849 total businesses
5,803 formed in 2017
4,531 dissolved in 2017

South Yorkshire

56,932 total businesses
8,325 formed in 2017
7,447 dissolved in 2017

West Yorkshire

113,471 total businesses
16,604 formed in 2017
12,646 dissolved in 2017

Cheshire

76,254 total businesses
11,619 formed in 2017
6,981 dissolved in 2017

Merseyside

63,781 total businesses
11,016 formed in 2017
7,548 dissolved in 2017

Greater Manchester

177,360 total businesses
31,124 formed in 2017
23,467 dissolved in 2017

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Ward breakdown data for

Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Astley Bridge
47
64
17
Bradshaw
33
43
10
Breightmet
35
54
19
Bromley Cross
63
121
58
Crompton
177
223
46
Farnworth
80
223
143
Great Lever
199
444
245
Halliwell
456
474
18
Harper Green
48
54
6
Heaton and Lostock
66
95
29
Horwich and Blackrod
153
250
97
Horwich North East
36
53
17
Hulton
76
116
40
Kearsley
57
86
29
Little Lever and Darcy Lever
25
41
16
Rumworth
110
203
93
Smithills
52
78
26
Tonge with the Haulgh
56
78
22
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor
43
73
30
Westhoughton South
51
57
6
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Besses
46
66
20
Church
41
78
37
East
189
258
69
Elton
41
60
19
Holyrood
75
91
16
Moorside
876
665
-211
North Manor
52
88
36
Pilkington Park
75
97
22
Radcliffe East
65
89
24
Radcliffe North
42
58
16
Radcliffe West
131
109
-22
Ramsbottom
57
90
33
Redvales
56
86
30
Sedgley
213
385
172
St Mary's
296
882
586
Tottington
44
89
45
Unsworth
165
65
-100
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ancoats and Clayton
977
1104
127
Ardwick
190
291
101
Baguley
47
62
15
Bradford
140
176
36
Brooklands
104
229
125
Burnage
112
139
27
Charlestown
54
104
50
Cheetham
415
680
265
Chorlton
78
122
44
Chorlton Park
132
218
86
City Centre
2401
2245
-156
Crumpsall
152
322
170
Didsbury East
157
199
42
Didsbury West
97
149
52
Failsworth West
37
52
15
Fallowfield
165
249
84
Gorton North
100
121
21
Gorton South
158
257
99
Harpurhey
226
234
8
Higher Blackley
62
110
48
Hulme
173
191
18
Levenshulme
162
223
61
Longsight
182
196
14
Miles Platting and Newton Heath
289
380
91
Moss Side
140
151
11
Moston
53
119
66
Northenden
94
110
16
Old Moat
86
124
38
Rusholme
185
251
66
Sharston
52
71
19
Whalley Range
135
186
51
Withington
57
96
39
Woodhouse Park
104
156
52
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Alexandra
74
109
35
Chadderton Central
69
97
28
Chadderton North
32
50
18
Chadderton South
34
51
17
Coldhurst
97
140
43
Crompton
177
223
46
Failsworth East
98
170
72
Failsworth West
37
52
15
Hollinwood
36
142
106
Medlock Vale
50
88
38
Royton North
34
37
3
Royton South
47
65
18
Saddleworth North
36
57
21
Saddleworth South
43
64
21
Saddleworth West and Lees
75
109
34
Shaw
31
101
70
St James'
33
46
13
St Mary's
296
882
586
Waterhead
48
53
5
Werneth
53
104
51
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Balderstone and Kirkholt
39
100
61
Bamford
52
65
13
Castleton
40
65
25
Central Rochdale
74
130
56
East Middleton
29
50
21
Healey
37
72
35
Hopwood Hall
51
85
34
Kingsway
50
77
27
Littleborough Lakeside
54
119
65
Milkstone and Deeplish
174
603
429
Milnrow and Newhey
38
51
13
Norden
38
56
18
North Heywood
80
158
78
North Middleton
137
523
386
Smallbridge and Firgrove
19
69
50
South Middleton
35
78
43
Spotland and Falinge
43
70
27
Wardle and West Littleborough
27
39
12
West Heywood
49
82
33
West Middleton
36
147
111
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Astley Mosley Common
39
63
24
Barton
50
80
30
Boothstown and Ellenbrook
42
50
8
Broughton
144
292
148
Cadishead
71
138
67
Cheetham
415
680
265
Claremont
35
44
9
Eccles
102
112
10
Irlam
29
69
40
Irwell Riverside
270
371
101
Kersal
142
195
53
Langworthy
46
71
25
Little Hulton
43
55
12
Ordsall
595
590
-5
Pendlebury
62
71
9
Swinton North
45
69
24
Swinton South
71
77
6
Walkden North
189
183
-6
Walkden South
49
62
13
Weaste and Seedley
111
170
59
Winton
46
58
12
Worsley
52
90
38
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Bramhall North
60
82
22
Bramhall South and Woodford
832
444
-388
Bredbury and Woodley
60
68
8
Bredbury Green and Romiley
52
81
29
Brinnington and Central
451
471
20
Cheadle and Gatley
126
165
39
Cheadle Hulme North
88
118
30
Cheadle Hulme South
192
154
-38
Davenport and Cale Green
67
100
33
Edgeley and Cheadle Heath
52
71
19
Hazel Grove
79
81
2
Heald Green
90
123
33
Heatons North
70
102
32
Heatons South
116
132
16
Manor
56
54
-2
Marple North
58
79
21
Marple South
66
66
0
Offerton
39
41
2
Reddish North
65
93
28
Reddish South
150
172
22
Stepping Hill
57
89
32
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ashton Hurst
27
35
8
Ashton St Michael's
81
76
-5
Ashton Waterloo
43
30
-13
Audenshaw
43
49
6
Denton North East
75
100
25
Denton South
26
23
-3
Denton West
53
91
38
Droylsden East
40
68
28
Droylsden West
43
65
22
Dukinfield
44
77
33
Dukinfield Stalybridge
50
66
16
Hyde Godley
84
145
61
Hyde Newton
44
62
18
Hyde Werneth
43
56
13
Longdendale
31
57
26
Mossley
69
72
3
St Peter's
142
176
34
Stalybridge North
48
109
61
Stalybridge South
61
95
34
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Altrincham
885
996
111
Ashton upon Mersey
114
81
-33
Bowdon
114
165
51
Broadheath
112
159
47
Brooklands
104
229
125
Bucklow-St Martins
32
48
16
Clifford
149
154
5
Davyhulme East
55
72
17
Davyhulme West
47
65
18
Flixton
39
44
5
Gorse Hill
141
170
29
Hale Barns
71
81
10
Hale Central
191
217
26
Longford
116
144
28
Priory
73
122
49
Sale Moor
33
50
17
St Mary's
296
882
586
Stretford
47
94
47
Timperley
34
57
23
Urmston
44
65
21
Village
43
57
14
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Abram
26
48
22
Ashton
67
74
7
Aspull New Springs Whelley
39
49
10
Astley Mosley Common
39
63
24
Atherleigh
23
63
40
Atherton
55
97
42
Bryn
84
57
-27
Douglas
51
50
-1
Golborne and Lowton West
60
69
9
Hindley
47
77
30
Hindley Green
31
23
-8
Ince
39
53
14
Leigh East
62
77
15
Leigh South
98
153
55
Leigh West
38
38
0
Lowton East
43
63
20
Orrell
38
75
37
Pemberton
33
46
13
Shevington with Lower Ground
35
39
4
Standish with Langtree
34
85
51
Tyldesley
58
88
30
Wigan Central
116
134
18
Wigan West
21
34
13
Winstanley
30
44
14
Worsley Mesnes
26
50
24

Total companies 2017 league table

The counties in England where the most existing companies were based at the end of 2017 and how Greater Manchester compares to them.

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County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2016: 1st
London
1,114,699
2nd 2016: 2nd
Greater Manchester
177,360
3rd 2016: 3rd
West Midlands
159,647
4th 2016: 4th
Essex
116,669
5th 2016: 5th
West Yorkshire
113,471
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
2nd 2016: 2nd
Greater Manchester
177,360
5th 2016: 5th
West Yorkshire
113,471
10th 2016: 10th
Cheshire
76,254
11th 2016: 11th
Lancashire
71,294
15th 2016: 15th
Merseyside
63,781
17th 2016: 16th
South Yorkshire
56,932
28th 2016: 27th
Derbyshire
44,849
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2016: 1st
London
1,114,699
2nd 2016: 2nd
Greater Manchester
177,360
3rd 2016: 3rd
West Midlands
159,647
4th 2016: 4th
Essex
116,669
5th 2016: 5th
West Yorkshire
113,471
6th 2016: 7th
Hampshire
106,588
7th 2016: 6th
Hertfordshire
105,506
8th 2016: 8th
Kent
105,182
9th 2016: 9th
Surrey
96,847
10th 2016: 10th
Cheshire
76,254
11th 2016: 11th
Lancashire
71,294
12th 2016: 12th
Berkshire
66,738
13th 2016: 13th
East Sussex
64,805
14th 2016: 14th
Buckinghamshire
64,538
15th 2016: 15th
Merseyside
63,781
16th 2016: 17th
Leicestershire
57,830
17th 2016: 16th
South Yorkshire
56,932
18th 2016: 18th
Dorset
52,411
19th 2016: 20th
North Yorkshire
50,798
20th 2016: 19th
West Sussex
49,845
21st 2016: 21st
Gloucestershire
49,129
22nd 2016: 22nd
Devon
48,848
23rd 2016: 23rd
Staffordshire
47,930
24th 2016: 24th
Somerset
47,912
25th 2016: 25th
Nottinghamshire
47,771
26th 2016: 31st
Northamptonshire
46,778
27th 2016: 28th
Cambridgeshire
46,059
28th 2016: 27th
Derbyshire
44,849
29th 2016: 30th
Lincolnshire
41,976
30th 2016: 32nd
Tyne and Wear
40,273
31st 2016: 33rd
Oxfordshire
39,736
32nd 2016: 26th
Bedfordshire
38,894
33rd 2016: 36th
Worcestershire
38,764
34th 2016: 29th
Wiltshire
36,977
35th 2016: 34th
Norfolk
36,459
36th 2016: 35th
Warwickshire
35,844
37th 2016: 37th
Suffolk
33,994
38th 2016: 38th
Bristol
32,106
39th 2016: 39th
Durham
26,562
40th 2016: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
25,585
41st 2016: 41st
Shropshire
21,473
42nd 2016: 43rd
Cornwall
20,746
43rd 2016: 42nd
Cumbria
20,316
44th 2016: 44th
Northumberland
10,100
45th 2016: 45th
Herefordshire
8,627
46th 2016: 46th
Isle of Wight
5,125
47th 2016: 47th
Rutland
1,797

Total companies at the end of 2017 per 1000 Person people

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The last 5 years

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

2013

22,362 formed

15,633 dissolved

2014

25,381 formed

18,007 dissolved

2015

28,265 formed

18,047 dissolved

2016

32,999 formed

23,445 dissolved

2017

31,124 formed

23,467 dissolved

Overall growth compared to previous year

5.4% vs 2013

8.5% vs 2014

7.5% vs 2015

5.7% vs 2016