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
13819 companies; 477 restaurants; 209 bars; 165 takeaways;
Bedford
13231 companies; 327 restaurants; 172 bars; 170 takeaways;
Blackburn with Darwen
9414 companies; 255 restaurants; 165 bars; 270 takeaways;
Blackpool
8863 companies; 328 restaurants; 54 bars; 306 takeaways;
Bournemouth
17499 companies; 580 restaurants; 119 bars; 198 takeaways;
Bracknell Forest
7657 companies; 265 restaurants; 144 bars; 107 takeaways;
Buckinghamshire
54849 companies; 798 restaurants; 512 bars; 317 takeaways;
Cambridgeshire
43758 companies; 1472 restaurants; 714 bars; 525 takeaways;
Central Bedfordshire
22565 companies; 391 restaurants; 248 bars; 187 takeaways;
Cheshire East
35618 companies; 1153 restaurants; 714 bars; 559 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
0 companies; 0 restaurants; 1 bars; 0 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
22505 companies; 921 restaurants; 266 bars; 319 takeaways;
City of Bristol
43195 companies; 1378 restaurants; 529 bars; 569 takeaways;
Cornwall
22981 companies; 1858 restaurants; 743 bars; 483 takeaways;
County Durham
16054 companies; 875 restaurants; 787 bars; 841 takeaways;
Cumbria
22515 companies; 1371 restaurants; 795 bars; 478 takeaways;
Darlington
5546 companies; 196 restaurants; 139 bars; 206 takeaways;
Derby
16879 companies; 351 restaurants; 256 bars; 394 takeaways;
Derbyshire
36762 companies; 1315 restaurants; 1254 bars; 809 takeaways;
Devon
37365 companies; 2258 restaurants; 1372 bars; 576 takeaways;
Dorset
26570 companies; 1579 restaurants; 838 bars; 455 takeaways;
East Riding of Yorkshire
17463 companies; 550 restaurants; 444 bars; 305 takeaways;
East Sussex
39884 companies; 1475 restaurants; 604 bars; 380 takeaways;
Essex
129207 companies; 2746 restaurants; 1433 bars; 1184 takeaways;
Gloucestershire
42293 companies; 1635 restaurants; 591 bars; 450 takeaways;
Halton
4982 companies; 136 restaurants; 111 bars; 110 takeaways;
Hampshire
100553 companies; 2093 restaurants; 1137 bars; 808 takeaways;
Hartlepool
3480 companies; 172 restaurants; 131 bars; 182 takeaways;
Herefordshire
9361 companies; 432 restaurants; 265 bars; 98 takeaways;
Hertfordshire
139408 companies; 2487 restaurants; 1242 bars; 1017 takeaways;
Isle of Wight
5573 companies; 432 restaurants; 214 bars; 121 takeaways;
Kent
116246 companies; 3338 restaurants; 1854 bars; 1286 takeaways;
Kingston upon Hull
11058 companies; 461 restaurants; 218 bars; 374 takeaways;
Lancashire
73759 companies; 2246 restaurants; 1386 bars; 1584 takeaways;
Leicestershire
73103 companies; 2032 restaurants; 995 bars; 1193 takeaways;
Lincolnshire
35607 companies; 1503 restaurants; 882 bars; 715 takeaways;
Luton
19440 companies; 250 restaurants; 68 bars; 191 takeaways;
Medway
16836 companies; 371 restaurants; 142 bars; 225 takeaways;
Merseyside
81206 companies; 2842 restaurants; 1388 bars; 1765 takeaways;
Middlesbrough
6057 companies; 332 restaurants; 143 bars; 235 takeaways;
Milton Keynes
27694 companies; 523 restaurants; 151 bars; 190 takeaways;
Norfolk
41026 companies; 2198 restaurants; 1254 bars; 964 takeaways;
Northamptonshire
56268 companies; 1605 restaurants; 797 bars; 537 takeaways;
North East Lincolnshire
7845 companies; 260 restaurants; 163 bars; 198 takeaways;
North Lincolnshire
6942 companies; 298 restaurants; 202 bars; 195 takeaways;
North Somerset
12494 companies; 291 restaurants; 157 bars; 126 takeaways;
Northumberland
11013 companies; 678 restaurants; 474 bars; 315 takeaways;
North Yorkshire
34109 companies; 1812 restaurants; 1085 bars; 613 takeaways;
Nottinghamshire
59468 companies; 2036 restaurants; 1183 bars; 1379 takeaways;
Oxfordshire
46461 companies; 1500 restaurants; 823 bars; 473 takeaways;
Peterborough
12519 companies; 326 restaurants; 104 bars; 208 takeaways;
Plymouth
10217 companies; 454 restaurants; 157 bars; 183 takeaways;
Poole
20633 companies; 250 restaurants; 59 bars; 125 takeaways;
Portsmouth
15887 companies; 515 restaurants; 245 bars; 293 takeaways;
Reading
15285 companies; 334 restaurants; 130 bars; 191 takeaways;
Redcar and Cleveland
3602 companies; 293 restaurants; 169 bars; 224 takeaways;
Rutland
2004 companies; 67 restaurants; 52 bars; 24 takeaways;
Shropshire
16722 companies; 843 restaurants; 419 bars; 164 takeaways;
Slough
15499 companies; 224 restaurants; 39 bars; 128 takeaways;
Somerset
27931 companies; 1076 restaurants; 758 bars; 333 takeaways;
Southampton
16729 companies; 367 restaurants; 176 bars; 207 takeaways;
Southend-on-Sea
21731 companies; 521 restaurants; 96 bars; 205 takeaways;
South Gloucestershire
15738 companies; 421 restaurants; 262 bars; 157 takeaways;
South Yorkshire
73790 companies; 2693 restaurants; 1147 bars; 1628 takeaways;
Staffordshire
47540 companies; 1262 restaurants; 1072 bars; 774 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
2 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
Stockton-on-Tees
8675 companies; 261 restaurants; 164 bars; 170 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
10372 companies; 362 restaurants; 337 bars; 362 takeaways;
Suffolk
38995 companies; 1448 restaurants; 789 bars; 604 takeaways;
Surrey
124521 companies; 2255 restaurants; 926 bars; 679 takeaways;
Swindon
12892 companies; 354 restaurants; 133 bars; 140 takeaways;
Telford and Wrekin
6803 companies; 304 restaurants; 184 bars; 158 takeaways;
The City of Brighton and Hove
42351 companies; 1179 restaurants; 517 bars; 387 takeaways;
Torbay
7485 companies; 368 restaurants; 108 bars; 139 takeaways;
Tyne and Wear
51247 companies; 2105 restaurants; 1040 bars; 1638 takeaways;
Warrington
29882 companies; 364 restaurants; 253 bars; 256 takeaways;
Warwickshire
43757 companies; 1015 restaurants; 701 bars; 395 takeaways;
West Berkshire
17367 companies; 182 restaurants; 183 bars; 131 takeaways;
Warwickshire
15 companies; 2 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Sussex
60731 companies; 1787 restaurants; 790 bars; 580 takeaways;
West Yorkshire
142096 companies; 4119 restaurants; 2685 bars; 3561 takeaways;
Wiltshire
36585 companies; 643 restaurants; 673 bars; 272 takeaways;
Windsor and Maidenhead
17876 companies; 465 restaurants; 147 bars; 98 takeaways;
Wokingham
13538 companies; 211 restaurants; 116 bars; 62 takeaways;
Worcestershire
46485 companies; 905 restaurants; 802 bars; 575 takeaways;
York
12514 companies; 481 restaurants; 239 bars; 189 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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