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
12965 companies; 429 restaurants; 198 bars; 155 takeaways;
Bedford
12235 companies; 295 restaurants; 155 bars; 144 takeaways;
Blackburn with Darwen
8641 companies; 240 restaurants; 158 bars; 256 takeaways;
Blackpool
8090 companies; 310 restaurants; 54 bars; 287 takeaways;
Bournemouth
15986 companies; 557 restaurants; 116 bars; 196 takeaways;
Bracknell Forest
7156 companies; 138 restaurants; 77 bars; 56 takeaways;
Buckinghamshire
51239 companies; 630 restaurants; 436 bars; 288 takeaways;
Cambridgeshire
40166 companies; 1329 restaurants; 651 bars; 480 takeaways;
Central Bedfordshire
21335 companies; 350 restaurants; 239 bars; 179 takeaways;
Cheshire East
34488 companies; 1102 restaurants; 708 bars; 548 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
0 companies; 0 restaurants; 1 bars; 0 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
21001 companies; 830 restaurants; 248 bars; 260 takeaways;
City of Bristol
40332 companies; 1150 restaurants; 511 bars; 519 takeaways;
Cornwall
21698 companies; 1695 restaurants; 695 bars; 445 takeaways;
County Durham
14918 companies; 803 restaurants; 751 bars; 751 takeaways;
Cumbria
21245 companies; 1308 restaurants; 780 bars; 460 takeaways;
Darlington
5005 companies; 183 restaurants; 128 bars; 181 takeaways;
Derby
15789 companies; 299 restaurants; 238 bars; 349 takeaways;
Derbyshire
34376 companies; 1215 restaurants; 1187 bars; 770 takeaways;
Devon
35374 companies; 2103 restaurants; 1297 bars; 552 takeaways;
Dorset
25015 companies; 1060 restaurants; 546 bars; 299 takeaways;
East Riding of Yorkshire
16528 companies; 509 restaurants; 444 bars; 299 takeaways;
East Sussex
37821 companies; 1403 restaurants; 596 bars; 373 takeaways;
Essex
120370 companies; 2496 restaurants; 1400 bars; 1083 takeaways;
Gloucestershire
39860 companies; 1375 restaurants; 550 bars; 394 takeaways;
Halton
4540 companies; 118 restaurants; 111 bars; 104 takeaways;
Hampshire
93531 companies; 1915 restaurants; 1100 bars; 696 takeaways;
Hartlepool
3207 companies; 155 restaurants; 124 bars; 172 takeaways;
Herefordshire
8937 companies; 404 restaurants; 260 bars; 94 takeaways;
Hertfordshire
129292 companies; 2265 restaurants; 1229 bars; 947 takeaways;
Isle of Wight
5296 companies; 359 restaurants; 200 bars; 114 takeaways;
Kent
106536 companies; 3026 restaurants; 1702 bars; 1154 takeaways;
Kingston upon Hull
10361 companies; 420 restaurants; 214 bars; 363 takeaways;
Lancashire
67610 companies; 2077 restaurants; 1326 bars; 1478 takeaways;
Leicestershire
64428 companies; 1781 restaurants; 939 bars; 1077 takeaways;
Lincolnshire
33618 companies; 1407 restaurants; 862 bars; 687 takeaways;
Luton
17637 companies; 239 restaurants; 62 bars; 189 takeaways;
Medway
15356 companies; 338 restaurants; 135 bars; 214 takeaways;
Merseyside
74203 companies; 2528 restaurants; 1336 bars; 1602 takeaways;
Middlesbrough
5604 companies; 294 restaurants; 134 bars; 206 takeaways;
Milton Keynes
25451 companies; 488 restaurants; 154 bars; 180 takeaways;
Norfolk
39006 companies; 2018 restaurants; 1203 bars; 891 takeaways;
Northamptonshire
51041 companies; 1464 restaurants; 759 bars; 482 takeaways;
North East Lincolnshire
7276 companies; 248 restaurants; 161 bars; 195 takeaways;
North Lincolnshire
6539 companies; 254 restaurants; 189 bars; 178 takeaways;
North Somerset
11817 companies; 281 restaurants; 157 bars; 120 takeaways;
Northumberland
10448 companies; 648 restaurants; 472 bars; 305 takeaways;
North Yorkshire
31910 companies; 1617 restaurants; 1003 bars; 565 takeaways;
Nottinghamshire
55632 companies; 1834 restaurants; 1093 bars; 1210 takeaways;
Oxfordshire
44033 companies; 1391 restaurants; 775 bars; 455 takeaways;
Peterborough
11419 companies; 291 restaurants; 104 bars; 193 takeaways;
Plymouth
9652 companies; 433 restaurants; 154 bars; 178 takeaways;
Poole
19301 companies; 240 restaurants; 57 bars; 122 takeaways;
Portsmouth
14892 companies; 439 restaurants; 222 bars; 267 takeaways;
Reading
14235 companies; 294 restaurants; 125 bars; 175 takeaways;
Redcar and Cleveland
3315 companies; 263 restaurants; 157 bars; 206 takeaways;
Rutland
1923 companies; 59 restaurants; 52 bars; 23 takeaways;
Shropshire
15704 companies; 810 restaurants; 403 bars; 127 takeaways;
Slough
14065 companies; 194 restaurants; 36 bars; 111 takeaways;
Somerset
26480 companies; 1009 restaurants; 741 bars; 325 takeaways;
Southampton
15806 companies; 353 restaurants; 174 bars; 206 takeaways;
Southend-on-Sea
20289 companies; 501 restaurants; 93 bars; 194 takeaways;
South Gloucestershire
14879 companies; 384 restaurants; 250 bars; 143 takeaways;
South Yorkshire
68312 companies; 2386 restaurants; 1097 bars; 1536 takeaways;
Staffordshire
44833 companies; 1185 restaurants; 1019 bars; 722 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
3 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
Stockton-on-Tees
8092 companies; 252 restaurants; 165 bars; 170 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
9719 companies; 318 restaurants; 286 bars; 338 takeaways;
Suffolk
36518 companies; 1306 restaurants; 733 bars; 559 takeaways;
Surrey
117387 companies; 1999 restaurants; 852 bars; 607 takeaways;
Swindon
12079 companies; 322 restaurants; 127 bars; 125 takeaways;
Telford and Wrekin
6460 companies; 239 restaurants; 151 bars; 133 takeaways;
The City of Brighton and Hove
39620 companies; 1008 restaurants; 457 bars; 348 takeaways;
Torbay
7095 companies; 331 restaurants; 102 bars; 127 takeaways;
Tyne and Wear
47030 companies; 1846 restaurants; 978 bars; 1486 takeaways;
Warrington
27908 companies; 347 restaurants; 242 bars; 228 takeaways;
Warwickshire
40912 companies; 951 restaurants; 697 bars; 378 takeaways;
West Berkshire
16609 companies; 112 restaurants; 153 bars; 112 takeaways;
Warwickshire
15 companies; 2 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Sussex
57388 companies; 1655 restaurants; 754 bars; 541 takeaways;
West Yorkshire
131268 companies; 3638 restaurants; 2569 bars; 3247 takeaways;
Wiltshire
34883 companies; 613 restaurants; 670 bars; 269 takeaways;
Windsor and Maidenhead
16795 companies; 389 restaurants; 131 bars; 89 takeaways;
Wokingham
12397 companies; 202 restaurants; 108 bars; 57 takeaways;
Worcestershire
43598 companies; 815 restaurants; 736 bars; 508 takeaways;
York
11447 companies; 449 restaurants; 234 bars; 193 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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