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Company Formations in 2020: Greater Manchester

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???? Businesses formed in Greater Manchester during 2020

9.5% more companies in Greater Manchester compared to 2019

New businesses in Greater Manchester mapped

Boroughs

  • ABolton: 3,653
  • BBury: 2,496
  • CManchester: 11,037
  • DOldham: 2,788
  • ERochdale: 2,046
  • FSalford: 3,367
  • GStockport: 3,181
  • HTameside: 1,816
  • ITrafford: 3,271
  • JWigan: 2,579

Companies formed in 2020 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 2019: 1st
London
270,114
2nd 2019: 3rd
West Midlands
37,202
3rd 2019: 2nd
Greater Manchester
36,288
4th 2019: 4th
West Yorkshire
22,615
5th 2019: 5th
Essex
19,277
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
3rd 2019: 2nd
Greater Manchester
36,288
4th 2019: 4th
West Yorkshire
22,615
9th 2019: 10th
Merseyside
13,410
10th 2019: 11th
Lancashire
12,655
13th 2019: 9th
Cheshire
11,017
14th 2019: 15th
South Yorkshire
10,450
25th 2019: 27th
Derbyshire
7,413
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
1st 2019: 1st
London
270,114
2nd 2019: 3rd
West Midlands
37,202
3rd 2019: 2nd
Greater Manchester
36,288
4th 2019: 4th
West Yorkshire
22,615
5th 2019: 5th
Essex
19,277
6th 2019: 6th
Kent
18,501
7th 2019: 8th
Hampshire
15,534
8th 2019: 7th
Hertfordshire
14,464
9th 2019: 10th
Merseyside
13,410
10th 2019: 11th
Lancashire
12,655
11th 2019: 13th
Leicestershire
12,543
12th 2019: 12th
Surrey
11,997
13th 2019: 9th
Cheshire
11,017
14th 2019: 15th
South Yorkshire
10,450
15th 2019: 16th
Berkshire
9,920
16th 2019: 17th
Buckinghamshire
9,394
17th 2019: 21st
Nottinghamshire
8,760
18th 2019: 26th
Bedfordshire
8,238
19th 2019: 22nd
North Yorkshire
8,200
20th 2019: 20th
East Sussex
8,149
21st 2019: 23rd
Tyne and Wear
7,867
22nd 2019: 24th
Staffordshire
7,720
23rd 2019: 18th
Northamptonshire
7,534
24th 2019: 25th
Cambridgeshire
7,516
25th 2019: 27th
Derbyshire
7,413
26th 2019: 19th
Dorset
7,253
27th 2019: 28th
Devon
7,174
28th 2019: 14th
Worcestershire
6,955
29th 2019: 29th
West Sussex
6,880
30th 2019: 30th
Lincolnshire
6,475
31st 2019: 31st
Somerset
6,432
32nd 2019: 32nd
Gloucestershire
6,419
33rd 2019: 35th
Bristol
5,559
34th 2019: 34th
Oxfordshire
5,363
35th 2019: 38th
Suffolk
5,105
36th 2019: 37th
Durham
5,083
37th 2019: 36th
Norfolk
5,006
38th 2019: 33rd
Warwickshire
4,920
39th 2019: 39th
Wiltshire
4,645
40th 2019: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
3,667
41st 2019: 41st
Shropshire
3,386
42nd 2019: 42nd
Cornwall
2,951
43rd 2019: 43rd
Cumbria
2,333
44th 2019: 45th
Herefordshire
2,327
45th 2019: 44th
Northumberland
1,560
46th 2019: 46th
Isle of Wight
765
47th 2019: 47th
Rutland
410

New incorporations in 2020 per 1000 Man standing people

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In Greater Manchester

13.5

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Type of companies formed in Greater Manchester breakdown

97% Private Limited Companies (35,216 companies)

3% Other company types (1,072 companies)

Other company types breakdown (1,072 companies)

Total companies in Greater Manchester by the end of 2020

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Businesses formed in Greater Manchester during 2020

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Businesses dissolved in Greater Manchester during 2020

meaning there is a total of

207,946

businesses registered in Greater Manchester at the end of 2020.

9.5% more companies in Greater Manchester compared to 2019

Surrounding counties 2020 breakdown & comparison

Lancashire

83,690 total businesses
12,655 formed in 2020
7,557 dissolved in 2020

Derbyshire

51,742 total businesses
7,413 formed in 2020
3,918 dissolved in 2020

South Yorkshire

65,398 total businesses
10,450 formed in 2020
5,761 dissolved in 2020

West Yorkshire

135,276 total businesses
22,615 formed in 2020
12,141 dissolved in 2020

Cheshire

86,796 total businesses
11,017 formed in 2020
7,263 dissolved in 2020

Merseyside

74,780 total businesses
13,410 formed in 2020
6,956 dissolved in 2020

Greater Manchester

207,946 total businesses
36,288 formed in 2020
20,649 dissolved in 2020

CambridgeshireGreaterManchesterLancashireSouthYorkshireCheshireMerseysideWestYorkshireDerbyshire

Ward breakdown data for

Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Astley Bridge
37
105
68
Bradshaw
25
56
31
Breightmet
34
64
30
Bromley Cross
66
118
52
Crompton
123
342
219
Farnworth
181
350
169
Great Lever
253
334
81
Halliwell
684
694
10
Harper Green
39
87
48
Heaton and Lostock
82
121
39
Horwich and Blackrod
218
275
57
Horwich North East
29
65
36
Hulton
54
126
72
Kearsley
44
92
48
Little Lever and Darcy Lever
44
80
36
Rumworth
94
284
190
Smithills
391
186
-205
Tonge with the Haulgh
55
136
81
Westhoughton North and Chew Moor
52
85
33
Westhoughton South
37
85
48
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Besses
178
83
-95
Church
25
88
63
East
528
287
-241
Elton
30
69
39
Holyrood
64
103
39
Moorside
354
350
-4
North Manor
65
105
40
Pilkington Park
55
120
65
Radcliffe East
60
94
34
Radcliffe North
33
70
37
Radcliffe West
74
117
43
Ramsbottom
73
120
47
Redvales
50
122
72
Sedgley
198
510
312
St Mary's
271
516
245
Tottington
42
74
32
Unsworth
232
57
-175
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ancoats and Clayton
355
808
453
Ardwick
142
429
287
Baguley
41
169
128
Bradford
144
288
144
Brooklands
132
267
135
Burnage
85
256
171
Charlestown
70
151
81
Cheetham
358
958
600
Chorlton
72
139
67
Chorlton Park
99
264
165
City Centre
1808
2205
397
Crumpsall
182
312
130
Didsbury East
148
188
40
Didsbury West
98
254
156
Failsworth West
32
69
37
Fallowfield
152
258
106
Gorton North
80
309
229
Gorton South
147
339
192
Harpurhey
348
446
98
Higher Blackley
70
156
86
Hulme
128
207
79
Levenshulme
104
298
194
Longsight
103
363
260
Miles Platting and Newton Heath
194
333
139
Moss Side
85
274
189
Moston
64
132
68
Northenden
81
189
108
Old Moat
77
158
81
Rusholme
128
328
200
Sharston
36
110
74
Whalley Range
85
258
173
Withington
43
121
78
Woodhouse Park
94
223
129
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Alexandra
55
152
97
Chadderton Central
64
177
113
Chadderton North
23
78
55
Chadderton South
36
117
81
Coldhurst
74
172
98
Crompton
123
342
219
Failsworth East
86
215
129
Failsworth West
32
69
37
Hollinwood
121
143
22
Medlock Vale
49
225
176
Royton North
29
62
33
Royton South
44
98
54
Saddleworth North
42
126
84
Saddleworth South
42
87
45
Saddleworth West and Lees
63
226
163
Shaw
28
61
33
St James'
35
86
51
St Mary's
271
516
245
Waterhead
32
98
66
Werneth
110
269
159
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Balderstone and Kirkholt
37
89
52
Bamford
34
67
33
Castleton
38
95
57
Central Rochdale
82
154
72
East Middleton
45
65
20
Healey
43
81
38
Hopwood Hall
36
72
36
Kingsway
58
150
92
Littleborough Lakeside
37
68
31
Milkstone and Deeplish
95
247
152
Milnrow and Newhey
32
55
23
Norden
27
83
56
North Heywood
61
168
107
North Middleton
95
205
110
Smallbridge and Firgrove
26
54
28
South Middleton
38
95
57
Spotland and Falinge
38
95
57
Wardle and West Littleborough
32
58
26
West Heywood
40
62
22
West Middleton
68
83
15
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Astley Mosley Common
41
82
41
Barton
55
112
57
Boothstown and Ellenbrook
42
67
25
Broughton
133
279
146
Cadishead
80
108
28
Cheetham
358
958
600
Claremont
36
61
25
Eccles
83
125
42
Irlam
16
48
32
Irwell Riverside
165
316
151
Kersal
86
209
123
Langworthy
46
153
107
Little Hulton
36
95
59
Ordsall
409
640
231
Pendlebury
46
75
29
Swinton North
45
133
88
Swinton South
52
113
61
Walkden North
115
126
11
Walkden South
47
94
47
Weaste and Seedley
122
445
323
Winton
38
70
32
Worsley
58
98
40
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Bramhall North
63
92
29
Bramhall South and Woodford
321
242
-79
Bredbury and Woodley
40
97
57
Bredbury Green and Romiley
45
77
32
Brinnington and Central
326
469
143
Cheadle and Gatley
92
172
80
Cheadle Hulme North
82
133
51
Cheadle Hulme South
96
211
115
Davenport and Cale Green
42
114
72
Edgeley and Cheadle Heath
54
98
44
Hazel Grove
58
105
47
Heald Green
79
265
186
Heatons North
64
117
53
Heatons South
85
135
50
Manor
68
184
116
Marple North
64
82
18
Marple South
58
82
24
Offerton
32
61
29
Reddish North
43
147
104
Reddish South
84
184
100
Stepping Hill
69
114
45
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ashton Hurst
23
52
29
Ashton St Michael's
54
128
74
Ashton Waterloo
25
71
46
Audenshaw
32
67
35
Denton North East
60
123
63
Denton South
30
47
17
Denton West
45
104
59
Droylsden East
39
89
50
Droylsden West
52
83
31
Dukinfield
66
101
35
Dukinfield Stalybridge
47
78
31
Hyde Godley
78
133
55
Hyde Newton
35
85
50
Hyde Werneth
44
82
38
Longdendale
31
62
31
Mossley
34
67
33
St Peter's
88
264
176
Stalybridge North
74
81
7
Stalybridge South
48
99
51
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Altrincham
1007
608
-399
Ashton upon Mersey
53
104
51
Bowdon
97
231
134
Broadheath
166
229
63
Brooklands
132
267
135
Bucklow-St Martins
34
48
14
Clifford
98
227
129
Davyhulme East
41
72
31
Davyhulme West
41
59
18
Flixton
37
63
26
Gorse Hill
100
251
151
Hale Barns
57
127
70
Hale Central
246
203
-43
Longford
68
173
105
Priory
78
185
107
Sale Moor
47
81
34
St Mary's
271
516
245
Stretford
40
122
82
Timperley
28
82
54
Urmston
43
79
36
Village
42
80
38
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Abram
14
84
70
Ashton
36
95
59
Aspull New Springs Whelley
25
60
35
Astley Mosley Common
41
82
41
Atherleigh
45
83
38
Atherton
81
112
31
Bryn
33
66
33
Douglas
53
127
74
Golborne and Lowton West
65
95
30
Hindley
62
80
18
Hindley Green
21
62
41
Ince
42
84
42
Leigh East
41
85
44
Leigh South
49
110
61
Leigh West
36
97
61
Lowton East
53
72
19
Orrell
39
70
31
Pemberton
43
89
46
Shevington with Lower Ground
40
52
12
Standish with Langtree
44
100
56
Tyldesley
68
124
56
Wigan Central
82
514
432
Wigan West
40
52
12
Winstanley
34
81
47
Worsley Mesnes
48
103
55

Total companies 2020 league table

The counties in England where the most existing companies were based at the end of 2020 and how Greater Manchester compares to them.

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County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2019: 1st
London
1,338,261
2nd 2019: 2nd
Greater Manchester
207,946
3rd 2019: 3rd
West Midlands
191,692
4th 2019: 4th
Essex
137,310
5th 2019: 5th
West Yorkshire
135,276
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
2nd 2019: 2nd
Greater Manchester
207,946
5th 2019: 5th
West Yorkshire
135,276
10th 2019: 10th
Cheshire
86,796
11th 2019: 11th
Lancashire
83,690
12th 2019: 14th
Merseyside
74,780
17th 2019: 17th
South Yorkshire
65,398
28th 2019: 28th
Derbyshire
51,742
Rank
County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
1st 2019: 1st
London
1,338,261
2nd 2019: 2nd
Greater Manchester
207,946
3rd 2019: 3rd
West Midlands
191,692
4th 2019: 4th
Essex
137,310
5th 2019: 5th
West Yorkshire
135,276
6th 2019: 7th
Kent
122,694
7th 2019: 6th
Hampshire
121,331
8th 2019: 8th
Hertfordshire
117,796
9th 2019: 9th
Surrey
105,715
10th 2019: 10th
Cheshire
86,796
11th 2019: 11th
Lancashire
83,690
12th 2019: 14th
Merseyside
74,780
13th 2019: 13th
Buckinghamshire
73,748
14th 2019: 12th
Berkshire
73,492
15th 2019: 16th
Leicestershire
71,425
16th 2019: 15th
East Sussex
70,311
17th 2019: 17th
South Yorkshire
65,398
18th 2019: 19th
North Yorkshire
58,526
19th 2019: 20th
Devon
57,278
20th 2019: 21st
West Sussex
56,212
21st 2019: 25th
Nottinghamshire
56,199
22nd 2019: 22nd
Gloucestershire
55,106
23rd 2019: 23rd
Somerset
55,092
24th 2019: 24th
Staffordshire
54,862
25th 2019: 18th
Dorset
54,841
26th 2019: 26th
Cambridgeshire
54,497
27th 2019: 27th
Northamptonshire
52,017
28th 2019: 28th
Derbyshire
51,742
29th 2019: 29th
Lincolnshire
48,061
30th 2019: 30th
Tyne and Wear
47,790
31st 2019: 33rd
Bedfordshire
46,207
32nd 2019: 32nd
Oxfordshire
45,071
33rd 2019: 31st
Worcestershire
44,570
34th 2019: 35th
Norfolk
41,185
35th 2019: 34th
Warwickshire
40,304
36th 2019: 37th
Suffolk
39,507
37th 2019: 36th
Wiltshire
39,022
38th 2019: 38th
Bristol
36,208
39th 2019: 39th
Durham
31,943
40th 2019: 40th
East Riding of Yorkshire
26,864
41st 2019: 41st
Shropshire
25,603
42nd 2019: 42nd
Cornwall
23,804
43rd 2019: 43rd
Cumbria
22,186
44th 2019: 45th
Herefordshire
12,800
45th 2019: 44th
Northumberland
11,575
46th 2019: 46th
Isle of Wight
6,118
47th 2019: 47th
Rutland
2,257

Total companies at the end of 2020 per 1000 Person people

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77.4

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76.4

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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.

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

2020

36,288 formed

20,649 dissolved

Overall growth compared to previous year

5.7% vs 2016

3.97% vs 2017

2.97% vs 2018

9.5% vs 2019