England - Counties List

Counties have been used for geographical, political and administrative separation as units of local governments in the UK since the Middle Ages. Known in many parts of the British Isles other than England as "shires" until the 17th century, and as shires from the 17th century in Scotland, the name county comes from the title of its ruler - traditionally a count. Nowadays selected officials don’t need to have a noble title to rule, but the traditional name remained in place.

Bath and North East Somerset
13361 companies; 447 restaurants; 199 bars; 159 takeaways;
Bedford
12542 companies; 301 restaurants; 160 bars; 152 takeaways;
Blackburn with Darwen
8972 companies; 243 restaurants; 162 bars; 256 takeaways;
Blackpool
8286 companies; 316 restaurants; 54 bars; 298 takeaways;
Bournemouth
16530 companies; 569 restaurants; 116 bars; 197 takeaways;
Bracknell Forest
7381 companies; 253 restaurants; 142 bars; 98 takeaways;
Buckinghamshire
52616 companies; 640 restaurants; 442 bars; 293 takeaways;
Cambridgeshire
41253 companies; 1368 restaurants; 685 bars; 499 takeaways;
Central Bedfordshire
20854 companies; 358 restaurants; 242 bars; 182 takeaways;
Cheshire East
34340 companies; 1122 restaurants; 710 bars; 551 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
0 companies; 0 restaurants; 1 bars; 0 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
21609 companies; 871 restaurants; 258 bars; 284 takeaways;
City of Bristol
41399 companies; 1207 restaurants; 514 bars; 534 takeaways;
Cornwall
22104 companies; 1768 restaurants; 718 bars; 461 takeaways;
County Durham
15293 companies; 832 restaurants; 764 bars; 792 takeaways;
Cumbria
21723 companies; 1332 restaurants; 784 bars; 465 takeaways;
Darlington
5165 companies; 188 restaurants; 130 bars; 190 takeaways;
Derby
16082 companies; 309 restaurants; 249 bars; 369 takeaways;
Derbyshire
35336 companies; 1252 restaurants; 1204 bars; 784 takeaways;
Devon
35988 companies; 2164 restaurants; 1323 bars; 562 takeaways;
Dorset
25753 companies; 1513 restaurants; 803 bars; 441 takeaways;
East Riding of Yorkshire
16831 companies; 526 restaurants; 443 bars; 302 takeaways;
East Sussex
38555 companies; 1436 restaurants; 599 bars; 376 takeaways;
Essex
123089 companies; 2561 restaurants; 1405 bars; 1114 takeaways;
Gloucestershire
40728 companies; 1413 restaurants; 559 bars; 405 takeaways;
Halton
4710 companies; 123 restaurants; 112 bars; 106 takeaways;
Hampshire
95918 companies; 1969 restaurants; 1112 bars; 720 takeaways;
Hartlepool
3340 companies; 161 restaurants; 126 bars; 176 takeaways;
Herefordshire
9069 companies; 416 restaurants; 262 bars; 95 takeaways;
Hertfordshire
132349 companies; 2311 restaurants; 1236 bars; 969 takeaways;
Isle of Wight
5394 companies; 376 restaurants; 203 bars; 118 takeaways;
Kent
111343 companies; 3125 restaurants; 1747 bars; 1202 takeaways;
Kingston upon Hull
11225 companies; 427 restaurants; 215 bars; 371 takeaways;
Lancashire
69468 companies; 2111 restaurants; 1336 bars; 1512 takeaways;
Leicestershire
69454 companies; 1874 restaurants; 961 bars; 1112 takeaways;
Lincolnshire
34324 companies; 1434 restaurants; 867 bars; 701 takeaways;
Luton
18407 companies; 244 restaurants; 66 bars; 190 takeaways;
Medway
15971 companies; 347 restaurants; 138 bars; 217 takeaways;
Merseyside
76334 companies; 2637 restaurants; 1354 bars; 1672 takeaways;
Middlesbrough
5781 companies; 312 restaurants; 138 bars; 215 takeaways;
Milton Keynes
26345 companies; 502 restaurants; 152 bars; 186 takeaways;
Norfolk
39377 companies; 2072 restaurants; 1225 bars; 915 takeaways;
Northamptonshire
54632 companies; 1499 restaurants; 769 bars; 502 takeaways;
North East Lincolnshire
7484 companies; 250 restaurants; 161 bars; 195 takeaways;
North Lincolnshire
6664 companies; 260 restaurants; 192 bars; 182 takeaways;
North Somerset
12070 companies; 286 restaurants; 158 bars; 123 takeaways;
Northumberland
10623 companies; 659 restaurants; 471 bars; 310 takeaways;
North Yorkshire
32756 companies; 1666 restaurants; 1028 bars; 578 takeaways;
Nottinghamshire
56724 companies; 1925 restaurants; 1126 bars; 1258 takeaways;
Oxfordshire
44902 companies; 1425 restaurants; 784 bars; 464 takeaways;
Peterborough
11762 companies; 302 restaurants; 104 bars; 196 takeaways;
Plymouth
9799 companies; 447 restaurants; 156 bars; 181 takeaways;
Poole
19715 companies; 242 restaurants; 57 bars; 126 takeaways;
Portsmouth
15240 companies; 456 restaurants; 231 bars; 273 takeaways;
Reading
14650 companies; 311 restaurants; 129 bars; 183 takeaways;
Redcar and Cleveland
3439 companies; 275 restaurants; 160 bars; 211 takeaways;
Rutland
1946 companies; 62 restaurants; 52 bars; 24 takeaways;
Shropshire
16200 companies; 816 restaurants; 408 bars; 144 takeaways;
Slough
14651 companies; 196 restaurants; 36 bars; 113 takeaways;
Somerset
27065 companies; 1030 restaurants; 746 bars; 331 takeaways;
Southampton
16463 companies; 355 restaurants; 174 bars; 206 takeaways;
Southend-on-Sea
20853 companies; 510 restaurants; 95 bars; 198 takeaways;
South Gloucestershire
15184 companies; 391 restaurants; 252 bars; 146 takeaways;
South Yorkshire
70405 companies; 2526 restaurants; 1120 bars; 1583 takeaways;
Staffordshire
46533 companies; 1215 restaurants; 1039 bars; 751 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
3 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
Stockton-on-Tees
8389 companies; 252 restaurants; 165 bars; 170 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
9922 companies; 336 restaurants; 306 bars; 358 takeaways;
Suffolk
37450 companies; 1345 restaurants; 752 bars; 576 takeaways;
Surrey
120106 companies; 2047 restaurants; 880 bars; 636 takeaways;
Swindon
12366 companies; 332 restaurants; 129 bars; 132 takeaways;
Telford and Wrekin
6544 companies; 242 restaurants; 154 bars; 139 takeaways;
The City of Brighton and Hove
40516 companies; 1054 restaurants; 482 bars; 363 takeaways;
Torbay
7257 companies; 351 restaurants; 105 bars; 133 takeaways;
Tyne and Wear
48518 companies; 1942 restaurants; 999 bars; 1539 takeaways;
Warrington
28292 companies; 352 restaurants; 247 bars; 241 takeaways;
Warwickshire
42451 companies; 972 restaurants; 695 bars; 381 takeaways;
West Berkshire
16917 companies; 112 restaurants; 158 bars; 117 takeaways;
Warwickshire
15 companies; 2 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Sussex
58633 companies; 1699 restaurants; 766 bars; 553 takeaways;
West Yorkshire
135159 companies; 3750 restaurants; 2587 bars; 3323 takeaways;
Wiltshire
35491 companies; 624 restaurants; 669 bars; 270 takeaways;
Windsor and Maidenhead
17141 companies; 400 restaurants; 135 bars; 91 takeaways;
Wokingham
12764 companies; 206 restaurants; 114 bars; 60 takeaways;
Worcestershire
44657 companies; 845 restaurants; 753 bars; 528 takeaways;
York
11748 companies; 459 restaurants; 235 bars; 192 takeaways;

Despite multiple reforms and attempts to standardise what a county is and what it means, even today the system is overly complex and full of exceptions. There are 2 basic kinds of counties. First, there are so-called ceremonial counties, 48 in England in total. These represent geographical and cultural boundaries. These counties don’t fulfil any administrative role.

Then, there are 83 metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties. These areas serve local governments and fulfil a purely administrative and formal role. Both kinds of counties often have the same name, though usually their borders differ from each other. Below you’ll find detailed information about businesses in the UK, by county.

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