- In the United Kingdom between 1 October and 31 December 2016, there were 146,987 company incorporations and 111,133 dissolutions.
- At the end of the period, there were 3,833,469 companies on the total register, and 3,593,602 companies on the effective register.
- Both the total and effective registers have continued to increase in size since the beginning of 2012.
- Despite seasonal trends, the numbers of incorporations and dissolutions have also increased overall since 2012. There was a sharp increase in the number of companies dissolved during 2016, due to legislative changes introduced in October 2015.
In the United Kingdom in the three months 1 October to 31 December 2016, there were 146,987 company incorporations and 111,133 dissolutions. At the end of the period, the number of companies on the total register – including those in the process of dissolution or liquidation (239,867) – reached 3,833,469.
This was an increase of 37,787 companies compared to 30 September 2016. This change was largely driven by an increase of 35,556 companies in England and Wales, with changes in Northern Ireland and Scotland adding 2,231 companies.
The effective register, which excludes companies in the process of liquidation or dissolution, stood at 3,593,602 on 31 December 2016, an increase of 45,088 companies since 30 September 2016.
Compared with the same period in 2015, the United Kingdom total register increased by 194,180 companies (5.3%), while the effective register increased by 233,854 companies (7.0%). Both the total and effective registers have continued to increase in size in a linear fashion since the beginning of 2012.