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Company Formations in 2019: Greater Manchester

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???? Businesses formed in Greater Manchester during 2019

3.0% more companies in Greater Manchester compared to 2018

New businesses in Greater Manchester mapped

Boroughs

  • ABolton: 3,356
  • BBury: 2,213
  • CManchester: 9,113
  • DOldham: 2,164
  • ERochdale: 1,747
  • FSalford: 3,020
  • GStockport: 2,982
  • HTameside: 1,516
  • ITrafford: 3,147
  • JWigan: 2,032

Companies formed in 2019 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 2018: 1st
London
222,468
2nd 2018: 3rd
Greater Manchester
31,440
3rd 2018: 2nd
West Midlands
29,676
4th 2018: 4th
West Yorkshire
18,752
5th 2018: 5th
Essex
17,816
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
2nd 2018: 3rd
Greater Manchester
31,440
4th 2018: 4th
West Yorkshire
18,752
9th 2018: 9th
Cheshire
12,221
10th 2018: 10th
Merseyside
11,866
11th 2018: 11th
Lancashire
11,229
15th 2018: 16th
South Yorkshire
9,325
27th 2018: 27th
Derbyshire
6,522
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
1st 2018: 1st
London
222,468
2nd 2018: 3rd
Greater Manchester
31,440
3rd 2018: 2nd
West Midlands
29,676
4th 2018: 4th
West Yorkshire
18,752
5th 2018: 5th
Essex
17,816
6th 2018: 7th
Kent
15,963
7th 2018: 6th
Hertfordshire
15,231
8th 2018: 8th
Hampshire
15,174
9th 2018: 9th
Cheshire
12,221
10th 2018: 10th
Merseyside
11,866
11th 2018: 11th
Lancashire
11,229
12th 2018: 12th
Surrey
11,032
13th 2018: 15th
Leicestershire
10,825
14th 2018: 22nd
Worcestershire
9,971
15th 2018: 16th
South Yorkshire
9,325
16th 2018: 13th
Berkshire
9,009
17th 2018: 14th
Buckinghamshire
8,835
18th 2018: 18th
Northamptonshire
8,393
19th 2018: 17th
Dorset
8,020
20th 2018: 19th
East Sussex
7,706
21st 2018: 20th
Nottinghamshire
7,348
22nd 2018: 23rd
North Yorkshire
7,260
23rd 2018: 25th
Tyne and Wear
7,132
24th 2018: 26th
Staffordshire
6,927
25th 2018: 24th
Cambridgeshire
6,779
26th 2018: 21st
Bedfordshire
6,766
27th 2018: 27th
Derbyshire
6,522
28th 2018: 30th
Devon
6,196
29th 2018: 28th
West Sussex
6,154
30th 2018: 29th
Lincolnshire
6,042
31st 2018: 32nd
Somerset
6,041
32nd 2018: 31st
Gloucestershire
5,971
33rd 2018: 34th
Warwickshire
5,256
34th 2018: 36th
Oxfordshire
5,087
35th 2018: 35th
Bristol
5,040
36th 2018: 37th
Norfolk
4,731
37th 2018: 33rd
Durham
4,623
38th 2018: 39th
Suffolk
4,518
39th 2018: 38th
Wiltshire
4,428
40th 2018: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
3,258
41st 2018: 42nd
Shropshire
3,231
42nd 2018: 41st
Cornwall
2,948
43rd 2018: 43rd
Cumbria
2,171
44th 2018: 44th
Northumberland
1,531
45th 2018: 45th
Herefordshire
1,499
46th 2018: 46th
Isle of Wight
675
47th 2018: 47th
Rutland
230

New incorporations in 2019 per 1000 Man standing people

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11.7

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Type of companies formed in Greater Manchester breakdown

97% Private Limited Companies (30,550 companies)

3% Other company types (890 companies)

Other company types breakdown (890 companies)

Total companies in Greater Manchester by the end of 2019

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Businesses formed in Greater Manchester during 2019

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Businesses dissolved in Greater Manchester during 2019

meaning there is a total of

189,867

businesses registered in Greater Manchester at the end of 2019.

3.0% more companies in Greater Manchester compared to 2018

Surrounding counties 2019 breakdown & comparison

Lancashire

77,937 total businesses
11,229 formed in 2019
9,084 dissolved in 2019

Derbyshire

48,355 total businesses
6,522 formed in 2019
5,119 dissolved in 2019

South Yorkshire

60,360 total businesses
9,325 formed in 2019
7,937 dissolved in 2019

West Yorkshire

123,678 total businesses
18,752 formed in 2019
14,731 dissolved in 2019

Cheshire

80,108 total businesses
12,221 formed in 2019
8,748 dissolved in 2019

Merseyside

68,401 total businesses
11,866 formed in 2019
9,470 dissolved in 2019

Greater Manchester

189,867 total businesses
31,440 formed in 2019
27,478 dissolved in 2019

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Ward breakdown data for

Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Astley Bridge
62
88
26
Bradshaw
41
51
10
Breightmet
42
65
23
Bromley Cross
88
95
7
Crompton
204
289
85
Farnworth
188
318
130
Great Lever
341
290
-51
Halliwell
629
682
53
Harper Green
51
62
11
Heaton and Lostock
88
150
62
Horwich and Blackrod
261
393
132
Horwich North East
51
69
18
Hulton
63
122
59
Kearsley
71
93
22
Little Lever and Darcy Lever
51
67
16
Rumworth
143
203
60
Smithills
139
99
-40
Tonge with the Haulgh
86
97
11
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor
62
78
16
Westhoughton South
54
75
21
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Besses
71
122
51
Church
56
53
-3
East
623
243
-380
Elton
58
49
-9
Holyrood
70
89
19
Moorside
274
336
62
North Manor
75
88
13
Pilkington Park
98
114
16
Radcliffe East
78
71
-7
Radcliffe North
67
72
5
Radcliffe West
103
107
4
Ramsbottom
80
127
47
Redvales
75
88
13
Sedgley
256
443
187
St Mary's
370
390
20
Tottington
54
81
27
Unsworth
242
55
-187
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ancoats and Clayton
868
707
-161
Ardwick
233
322
89
Baguley
103
74
-29
Bradford
186
259
73
Brooklands
205
188
-17
Burnage
104
191
87
Charlestown
93
123
30
Cheetham
528
779
251
Chorlton
95
136
41
Chorlton Park
165
219
54
City Centre
2618
2192
-426
Crumpsall
234
339
105
Didsbury East
233
159
-74
Didsbury West
108
210
102
Failsworth West
41
74
33
Fallowfield
203
273
70
Gorton North
121
169
48
Gorton South
225
230
5
Harpurhey
345
277
-68
Higher Blackley
97
127
30
Hulme
168
173
5
Levenshulme
164
202
38
Longsight
173
222
49
Miles Platting and Newton Heath
262
318
56
Moss Side
151
182
31
Moston
93
111
18
Northenden
95
163
68
Old Moat
103
127
24
Rusholme
231
236
5
Sharston
80
80
0
Whalley Range
159
172
13
Withington
69
104
35
Woodhouse Park
139
173
34
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Alexandra
89
116
27
Chadderton Central
77
108
31
Chadderton North
51
67
16
Chadderton South
42
243
201
Coldhurst
104
128
24
Crompton
204
289
85
Failsworth East
132
216
84
Failsworth West
41
74
33
Hollinwood
68
93
25
Medlock Vale
74
141
67
Royton North
53
56
3
Royton South
62
82
20
Saddleworth North
60
56
-4
Saddleworth South
56
64
8
Saddleworth West and Lees
89
84
-5
Shaw
53
56
3
St James'
30
72
42
St Mary's
370
390
20
Waterhead
42
70
28
Werneth
124
163
39
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Balderstone and Kirkholt
48
57
9
Bamford
57
89
32
Castleton
64
94
30
Central Rochdale
117
125
8
East Middleton
42
55
13
Healey
64
59
-5
Hopwood Hall
51
52
1
Kingsway
77
96
19
Littleborough Lakeside
66
61
-5
Milkstone and Deeplish
162
195
33
Milnrow and Newhey
49
77
28
Norden
29
56
27
North Heywood
87
136
49
North Middleton
253
185
-68
Smallbridge and Firgrove
29
51
22
South Middleton
61
109
48
Spotland and Falinge
53
67
14
Wardle and West Littleborough
26
39
13
West Heywood
45
66
21
West Middleton
75
78
3
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Astley Mosley Common
41
68
27
Barton
62
92
30
Boothstown and Ellenbrook
48
44
-4
Broughton
156
250
94
Cadishead
85
122
37
Cheetham
528
779
251
Claremont
45
61
16
Eccles
99
122
23
Irlam
42
38
-4
Irwell Riverside
273
305
32
Kersal
120
188
68
Langworthy
74
95
21
Little Hulton
57
66
9
Ordsall
427
760
333
Pendlebury
49
96
47
Swinton North
82
117
35
Swinton South
68
100
32
Walkden North
163
144
-19
Walkden South
42
88
46
Weaste and Seedley
108
177
69
Winton
54
78
24
Worsley
55
75
20
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Bramhall North
60
88
28
Bramhall South and Woodford
501
306
-195
Bredbury and Woodley
67
86
19
Bredbury Green and Romiley
63
75
12
Brinnington and Central
489
443
-46
Cheadle and Gatley
117
174
57
Cheadle Hulme North
87
111
24
Cheadle Hulme South
130
149
19
Davenport and Cale Green
71
75
4
Edgeley and Cheadle Heath
65
78
13
Hazel Grove
89
90
1
Heald Green
93
148
55
Heatons North
90
116
26
Heatons South
118
164
46
Manor
72
281
209
Marple North
66
70
4
Marple South
81
72
-9
Offerton
37
57
20
Reddish North
74
104
30
Reddish South
635
165
-470
Stepping Hill
89
130
41
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ashton Hurst
44
37
-7
Ashton St Michael's
76
83
7
Ashton Waterloo
35
39
4
Audenshaw
33
75
42
Denton North East
95
134
39
Denton South
33
48
15
Denton West
74
81
7
Droylsden East
64
73
9
Droylsden West
64
99
35
Dukinfield
57
89
32
Dukinfield Stalybridge
48
66
18
Hyde Godley
116
133
17
Hyde Newton
71
62
-9
Hyde Werneth
49
57
8
Longdendale
41
31
-10
Mossley
43
62
19
St Peter's
146
200
54
Stalybridge North
107
72
-35
Stalybridge South
56
75
19
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Altrincham
973
926
-47
Ashton upon Mersey
66
96
30
Bowdon
141
198
57
Broadheath
219
211
-8
Brooklands
205
188
-17
Bucklow-St Martins
41
38
-3
Clifford
157
147
-10
Davyhulme East
61
80
19
Davyhulme West
61
48
-13
Flixton
36
47
11
Gorse Hill
164
181
17
Hale Barns
76
100
24
Hale Central
281
188
-93
Longford
113
162
49
Priory
110
148
38
Sale Moor
33
59
26
St Mary's
370
390
20
Stretford
66
91
25
Timperley
52
75
23
Urmston
59
82
23
Village
44
78
34
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Abram
51
52
1
Ashton
64
75
11
Aspull New Springs Whelley
34
38
4
Astley Mosley Common
41
68
27
Atherleigh
61
78
17
Atherton
63
123
60
Bryn
39
53
14
Douglas
52
61
9
Golborne and Lowton West
72
121
49
Hindley
69
97
28
Hindley Green
19
37
18
Ince
62
63
1
Leigh East
46
92
46
Leigh South
105
76
-29
Leigh West
44
65
21
Lowton East
59
67
8
Orrell
52
75
23
Pemberton
52
66
14
Shevington with Lower Ground
43
64
21
Standish with Langtree
73
95
22
Tyldesley
92
147
55
Wigan Central
117
192
75
Wigan West
43
56
13
Winstanley
35
62
27
Worsley Mesnes
54
109
55

Total companies 2019 league table

The counties in England where the most existing companies were based at the end of 2019 and how Greater Manchester compares to them.

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County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2018: 1st
London
1,204,778
2nd 2018: 2nd
Greater Manchester
189,867
3rd 2018: 3rd
West Midlands
173,134
4th 2018: 4th
Essex
128,433
5th 2018: 5th
West Yorkshire
123,678
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
2nd 2018: 2nd
Greater Manchester
189,867
5th 2018: 5th
West Yorkshire
123,678
10th 2018: 10th
Cheshire
80,108
11th 2018: 11th
Lancashire
77,937
14th 2018: 15th
Merseyside
68,401
17th 2018: 17th
South Yorkshire
60,360
28th 2018: 27th
Derbyshire
48,355
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2018: 1st
London
1,204,778
2nd 2018: 2nd
Greater Manchester
189,867
3rd 2018: 3rd
West Midlands
173,134
4th 2018: 4th
Essex
128,433
5th 2018: 5th
West Yorkshire
123,678
6th 2018: 7th
Hampshire
114,831
7th 2018: 8th
Kent
113,551
8th 2018: 6th
Hertfordshire
113,106
9th 2018: 9th
Surrey
100,643
10th 2018: 10th
Cheshire
80,108
11th 2018: 11th
Lancashire
77,937
12th 2018: 13th
Berkshire
70,177
13th 2018: 12th
Buckinghamshire
69,470
14th 2018: 15th
Merseyside
68,401
15th 2018: 14th
East Sussex
67,545
16th 2018: 16th
Leicestershire
63,315
17th 2018: 17th
South Yorkshire
60,360
18th 2018: 18th
Dorset
57,606
19th 2018: 19th
North Yorkshire
54,481
20th 2018: 21st
Devon
53,264
21st 2018: 20th
West Sussex
52,825
22nd 2018: 22nd
Gloucestershire
52,494
23rd 2018: 24th
Somerset
51,957
24th 2018: 25th
Staffordshire
51,758
25th 2018: 23rd
Nottinghamshire
51,677
26th 2018: 26th
Cambridgeshire
50,160
27th 2018: 28th
Northamptonshire
49,144
28th 2018: 27th
Derbyshire
48,355
29th 2018: 29th
Lincolnshire
45,109
30th 2018: 30th
Tyne and Wear
44,237
31st 2018: 33rd
Worcestershire
43,247
32nd 2018: 32nd
Oxfordshire
42,461
33rd 2018: 31st
Bedfordshire
42,145
34th 2018: 35th
Warwickshire
38,998
35th 2018: 34th
Norfolk
38,911
36th 2018: 36th
Wiltshire
37,182
37th 2018: 37th
Suffolk
36,907
38th 2018: 38th
Bristol
33,594
39th 2018: 39th
Durham
29,218
40th 2018: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
25,383
41st 2018: 41st
Shropshire
23,741
42nd 2018: 42nd
Cornwall
23,037
43rd 2018: 43rd
Cumbria
21,286
44th 2018: 44th
Northumberland
10,879
45th 2018: 45th
Herefordshire
10,498
46th 2018: 46th
Isle of Wight
5,705
47th 2018: 47th
Rutland
1,904

Total companies at the end of 2019 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.

2015

28,265 formed

18,047 dissolved

2016

32,999 formed

23,445 dissolved

2017

31,124 formed

23,467 dissolved

2018

31,875 formed

29,277 dissolved

2019

31,440 formed

27,478 dissolved

Overall growth compared to previous year

7.5% vs 2015

5.7% vs 2016

3.97% vs 2017

3.0% vs 2018