business confidence reports » county league tables

Our county league tables rank UK counties on a number of key business confidence metrics. You can use these league tables to check the relative performance of one county against another.

An active company for the purpose of these league tables is defined as one that has not been dissolved, though it is possible that active companies will include a number of non trading companies or companies intending to dissolve.

The data is calculated from Companies House register of companies in England & Wales (Cardiff), Scotland (Edinburgh) and Northern Ireland (Belfast). Geographical boundaries and groupings are performed using prioprietary data modelling and software.

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  • This table organises UK counties by their relative net growth during the period selected
  • Net growth is a product of new companies created minus companies which have been dissolved
  • The percentage figure shows relative growth in relation to the number of active companies at the start of the period
  • This table only ranks the 50 largest UK counties (by active company volume as defined in the Active table) to avoid low activity counties skewing the data
county rank growth% growth
Midlothian 1 3.28 1099
Northamptonshire 2 2.56 726
Greater London 3 2.45 16671
Cheshire 4 2.27 1221
Cardiff 5 2.09 369
Belfast 6 2.03 260
Merseyside 7 2.02 860
Cornwall 8 1.93 282
Lincolnshire 9 1.83 587
Dorset 10 1.82 693
Bedfordshire 11 1.79 485
Shropshire 12 1.73 279
Essex 13 1.69 2116
Fife 14 1.62 127
Buckinghamshire 15 1.61 742
East Sussex 16 1.58 778
Wiltshire 17 1.56 433
Bristol 18 1.53 621
Hampshire 19 1.51 1216
Cambridgeshire 20 1.48 497
North Yorkshire 21 1.47 533
Surrey 22 1.47 1850
Derbyshire 23 1.46 475
Oxfordshire 24 1.37 426
Hertfordshire 25 1.36 1193
Lancashire 26 1.35 715
Tyne And Wear 27 1.34 413
Gloucestershire 28 1.32 375
Norfolk 29 1.28 342
Somerset 30 1.27 400
Suffolk 31 1.27 330
Kent 32 1.27 1341
Greater Manchester 33 1.26 1616
Devon 34 1.24 456
Cumbria 35 1.19 193
West Yorkshire 36 1.19 997
County Durham 37 1.17 243
Aberdeenshire 38 1.17 267
West Sussex 39 1.15 438
East Riding of Yorkshire 40 1.11 198
West Midlands 41 1.11 1468
Staffordshire 42 1.1 341
Lanarkshire 43 1.09 550
Leicestershire 44 1.09 405
Nottinghamshire 45 1.06 391
Berkshire 46 1.04 606
Swansea 47 0.95 74
South Yorkshire 48 0.76 325
Warwickshire 49 0.74 169
Worcestershire 50 0.7 170

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