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Company Formations in 2021: Hampshire

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???? Businesses formed in Hampshire during 2021

1.9% more companies in Hampshire compared to 2020

New businesses in Hampshire mapped

Boroughs

  • ABasingstoke and Deane: 1,097
  • BEast Hampshire: 1,649
  • CEastleigh: 985
  • DFareham: 808
  • EGosport: 394
  • FHart: 640
  • GHavant: 941
  • HNew Forest: 1,163
  • IPortsmouth: 1,766
  • JRushmoor: 714
  • KSouthampton: 2,077
  • LTest Valley: 900
  • MWinchester: 1,333

Companies formed in 2021 league table

The counties in England where most companies are formed, and how Hampshire 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
7th 2020: 7th
Hampshire
14,512
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County
No. Companies formed
Rank County No. Companies formed
7th 2020: 7th
Hampshire
14,512
11th 2020: 12th
Surrey
11,021
15th 2020: 15th
Berkshire
9,605
22nd 2020: 26th
Dorset
7,584
31st 2020: 29th
West Sussex
6,463
39th 2020: 39th
Wiltshire
4,432
46th 2020: 46th
Isle of Wight
697
Rank
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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Type of companies formed in Hampshire breakdown

97% Private Limited Companies (14,072 companies)

3% Other company types (440 companies)

Other company types breakdown (440 companies)

Total companies in Hampshire by the end of 2021

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Businesses formed in Hampshire during 2021

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Businesses dissolved in Hampshire 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

123,584

businesses registered in Hampshire at the end of 2021.

1.9% more companies in Hampshire compared to 2020

Surrounding counties 2021 breakdown & comparison

Dorset

56,465 total businesses
7,584 formed in 2021
6,001 dissolved in 2021

West Sussex

57,619 total businesses
6,463 formed in 2021
5,538 dissolved in 2021

Surrey

106,792 total businesses
11,021 formed in 2021
10,487 dissolved in 2021

Berkshire

75,011 total businesses
9,605 formed in 2021
8,449 dissolved in 2021

Isle of Wight

6,319 total businesses
697 formed in 2021
563 dissolved in 2021

Wiltshire

39,338 total businesses
4,432 formed in 2021
4,387 dissolved in 2021

Hampshire

123,584 total businesses
14,512 formed in 2021
13,410 dissolved in 2021

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Ward breakdown data for

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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Basing
63
51
-12
Baughurst and Tadley North
28
14
-14
Bramley and Sherfield
33
41
8
Brighton Hill North
22
29
7
Brighton Hill South
17
29
12
Brookvale and Kings Furlong
44
38
-6
Buckskin
28
43
15
Burghclere Highclere and St Mary Bourne
40
31
-9
Chineham
56
63
7
East Woodhay
12
15
3
Eastrop
148
149
1
Grove
34
30
-4
Hatch Warren and Beggarwood
48
32
-16
Kempshott
40
21
-19
Kingsclere
28
21
-7
Norden
77
96
19
Oakley and North Waltham
27
37
10
Overton Laverstoke and Steventon
24
18
-6
Pamber and Silchester
40
21
-19
Popley East
36
23
-13
Popley West
53
74
21
Rooksdown
40
35
-5
Sherborne St John
39
25
-14
South Ham
38
41
3
Tadley Central
9
9
0
Tadley South
19
19
0
Upton Grey and The Candovers
25
31
6
Whitchurch
33
42
9
Winklebury
20
19
-1
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Alton Amery
5
4
-1
Alton Ashdell
22
21
-1
Alton Eastbrooke
15
24
9
Alton Westbrooke
61
84
23
Alton Whitedown
9
7
-2
Alton Wooteys
10
9
-1
Binsted and Bentley
21
19
-2
Bramshott and Liphook
64
73
9
Clanfield and Finchdean
31
36
5
Downland
13
17
4
East Meon
9
13
4
Four Marks and Medstead
30
34
4
Froxfield and Steep
20
29
9
Grayshott
13
13
0
Headley
34
34
0
Holybourne and Froyle
11
24
13
Horndean Catherington and Lovedean
347
847
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Horndean Downs
10
14
4
Horndean Hazleton and Blendworth
13
15
2
Horndean Kings
8
8
0
Horndean Murray
22
9
-13
Lindford
13
25
12
Liss
27
40
13
Petersfield Bell Hill
10
18
8
Petersfield Causeway
14
8
-6
Petersfield Heath
15
12
-3
Petersfield Rother
7
12
5
Petersfield St Marys
14
10
-4
Petersfield St Peters
65
47
-18
Ropley and Tisted
23
13
-10
Rowlands Castle
22
14
-8
Selborne
16
17
1
The Hangers and Forest
17
13
-4
Whitehill Chase
12
14
2
Whitehill Deadwater
13
13
0
Whitehill Hogmoor
16
8
-8
Whitehill Pinewood
14
40
26
Whitehill Walldown
14
11
-3
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Bishopstoke East
16
19
3
Bishopstoke West
24
19
-5
Botley
24
15
-9
Bursledon and Old Netley
24
55
31
Chandler's Ford East
40
47
7
Chandler's Ford West
130
190
60
Eastleigh Central
191
149
-42
Eastleigh North
28
39
11
Eastleigh South
136
87
-49
Fair Oak and Horton Heath
33
45
12
Hamble-le-Rice and Butlocks Heath
43
52
9
Hedge End Grange Park
52
37
-15
Hedge End St John's
26
26
0
Hedge End Wildern
20
39
19
Hiltingbury East
26
43
17
Hiltingbury West
28
29
1
Netley Abbey
19
25
6
West End North
26
47
21
West End South
18
22
4
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Fareham East
112
108
-4
Fareham North
94
127
33
Fareham North-West
31
31
0
Fareham South
27
36
9
Fareham West
22
26
4
Hill Head
18
34
16
Locks Heath
25
36
11
Park Gate
70
84
14
Portchester East
65
59
-6
Portchester West
51
41
-10
Sarisbury
47
68
21
Stubbington
33
37
4
Titchfield
61
56
-5
Titchfield Common
37
30
-7
Warsash
33
35
2
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Alverstoke
10
11
1
Anglesey
12
9
-3
Bridgemary North
8
22
14
Bridgemary South
24
35
11
Brockhurst
12
22
10
Christchurch
35
31
-4
Elson
16
12
-4
Forton
14
15
1
Grange
20
27
7
Hardway
16
20
4
Lee East
25
23
-2
Lee West
22
28
6
Leesland
23
22
-1
Peel Common
12
17
5
Privett
17
14
-3
Rowner and Holbrook
15
16
1
Town
86
70
-16
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Blackwater and Hawley
35
56
21
Crookham East
32
33
1
Crookham West and Ewshot
71
77
6
Fleet Central
55
66
11
Fleet East
65
62
-3
Fleet West
53
33
-20
Hartley Wintney
96
96
0
Hook
54
68
14
Odiham
64
78
14
Swallowfield
0
0
Yateley East
61
38
-23
Yateley West
30
33
3
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Barncroft
22
24
2
Battins
29
24
-5
Bedhampton
28
41
13
Bondfields
42
34
-8
Cowplain
38
56
18
Emsworth
39
49
10
Hart Plain
44
40
-4
Hayling East
63
49
-14
Hayling West
39
63
24
Purbrook
58
51
-7
St Faith's
192
142
-50
Stakes
94
87
-7
Warren Park
17
28
11
Waterloo
189
253
64
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Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Ashurst Copythorne South and Netley Marsh
48
33
-15
Barton
14
19
5
Bashley
11
16
5
Becton
11
20
9
Boldre and Sway
31
42
11
Bramshaw Copythorne North and Minstead
33
42
9
Bransgore and Burley
26
23
-3
Brockenhurst and Forest South East
38
21
-17
Buckland
24
23
-1
Butts Ash and Dibden Purlieu
16
24
8
Dibden and Hythe East
30
24
-6
Downlands and Forest
16
19
3
Fawley Blackfield and Langley
47
24
-23
Fernhill
46
60
14
Fordingbridge
52
43
-9
Forest North West
44
28
-16
Furzedown and Hardley
11
14
3
Holbury and North Blackfield
19
20
1
Hordle
19
21
2
Hythe West and Langdown
12
23
11
Lymington Town
45
51
6
Lyndhurst
14
14
0
Marchwood
21
38
17
Milford
23
35
12
Milton
114
120
6
Pennington
24
42
18
Ringwood East and Sopley
18
26
8
Ringwood North
32
39
7
Ringwood South
254
216
-38
Totton Central
21
16
-5
Totton East
32
35
3
Totton North
26
38
12
Totton South
33
37
4
Totton West
14
11
-3
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Baffins
60
56
-4
Central Southsea
82
110
28
Charles Dickens
120
252
132
Copnor
94
119
25
Cosham
221
252
31
Drayton and Farlington
85
64
-21
Eastney and Craneswater
85
84
-1
Fratton
110
101
-9
Hilsea
69
106
37
Milton
114
120
6
Nelson
156
158
2
Paulsgrove
191
124
-67
St Jude
106
135
29
St Thomas
151
136
-15
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Incorporations
Net Change
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Aldershot Park
44
43
-1
Cherrywood
26
39
13
Cove and Southwood
47
69
22
Empress
97
114
17
Fernhill
46
60
14
Fleet East
65
62
-3
Knellwood
39
44
5
Manor Park
69
54
-15
North Town
27
47
20
Rowhill
30
37
7
St John's
22
27
5
St Mark's
119
89
-30
Wellington
55
89
34
West Heath
35
37
2
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Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
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Bargate
616
408
-208
Bassett
82
93
11
Bevois
382
402
20
Bitterne
57
66
9
Bitterne Park
79
93
14
Coxford
50
56
6
Freemantle
172
177
5
Harefield
58
65
7
Millbrook
118
114
-4
Peartree
76
94
18
Portswood
89
101
12
Redbridge
81
76
-5
Shirley
81
89
8
Sholing
57
94
37
Swaythling
193
77
-116
Woolston
73
72
-1
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Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Abbey
75
90
15
Alamein
50
59
9
Ampfield and Braishfield
16
11
-5
Amport
13
10
-3
Anna
15
18
3
Blackwater
26
40
14
Bourne Valley
11
11
0
Broughton and Stockbridge
40
35
-5
Charlton
6
5
-1
Chilworth Nursling and Rownhams
64
55
-9
Coxford
50
56
6
Cupernham
18
23
5
Dun Valley
27
12
-15
Harewood
19
14
-5
Harroway
53
41
-12
Kings Somborne and Michelmersh
76
35
-41
Millway
33
27
-6
North Baddesley
33
57
24
Over Wallop
11
10
-1
Penton Bellinger
21
32
11
Redbridge
81
76
-5
Romsey Extra
56
63
7
St Mary's
83
100
17
Tadburn
12
17
5
Valley Park
25
49
24
Winton
72
86
14
Ward
Dissolutions
Incorporations
Net Change
Ward Dissolutions Incorporations Net Change
Bishops Waltham
38
60
22
Boarhunt and Southwick
37
35
-2
Cheriton and Bishops Sutton
3
12
9
Colden Common and Twyford
60
63
3
Compton and Otterbourne
37
20
-17
Denmead
45
77
32
Droxford Soberton and Hambledon
19
20
1
Itchen Valley
18
13
-5
Kings Worthy
30
31
1
Littleton and Harestock
8
17
9
Olivers Battery and Badger Farm
12
21
9
Owslebury and Curdridge
34
48
14
Shedfield
12
32
20
Sparsholt
9
15
6
St Barnabas
16
20
4
St Bartholomew
75
88
13
St John and All Saints
41
67
26
St Luke
18
10
-8
St Michael
247
311
64
St Paul
37
55
18
Swanmore and Newtown
24
27
3
The Alresfords
43
67
24
Upper Meon Valley
17
16
-1
Waterloo
189
253
64
Whiteley
155
144
-11
Wickham
22
29
7
Wonston and Micheldever
38
35
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Total companies 2021 league table

The counties in England where the most existing companies were based at the end of 2021 and how Hampshire 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
7th 2020: 7th
Hampshire
123,584
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County
Total companies
Rank County Total companies
7th 2020: 7th
Hampshire
123,584
9th 2020: 9th
Surrey
106,792
13th 2020: 14th
Berkshire
75,011
21st 2020: 20th
West Sussex
57,619
25th 2020: 25th
Dorset
56,465
37th 2020: 37th
Wiltshire
39,338
46th 2020: 46th
Isle of Wight
6,319
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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
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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The last 5 years

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

2017

13,642 formed

11,069 dissolved

2018

14,244 formed

10,933 dissolved

2019

15,174 formed

11,723 dissolved

2020

15,534 formed

9,709 dissolved

2021

14,512 formed

13,410 dissolved

Overall growth compared to previous year

3.95% vs 2017

3.64% vs 2018

5.66% vs 2019

1.9% vs 2020