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
12756 companies; 432 restaurants; 191 bars; 149 takeaways;
Bedford
11853 companies; 287 restaurants; 154 bars; 138 takeaways;
Blackburn with Darwen
8401 companies; 221 restaurants; 154 bars; 248 takeaways;
Bournemouth
15501 companies; 542 restaurants; 116 bars; 195 takeaways;
Bracknell Forest
7042 companies; 138 restaurants; 77 bars; 56 takeaways;
Central Bedfordshire
20604 companies; 335 restaurants; 235 bars; 176 takeaways;
Cheshire East
32621 companies; 1084 restaurants; 701 bars; 540 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
0 companies; 0 restaurants; 1 bars; 0 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
20158 companies; 812 restaurants; 246 bars; 254 takeaways;
City of Bristol
38013 companies; 1114 restaurants; 493 bars; 508 takeaways;
Cornwall
19162 companies; 1455 restaurants; 621 bars; 408 takeaways;
County Durham
14025 companies; 758 restaurants; 736 bars; 711 takeaways;
Cumbria
20334 companies; 1272 restaurants; 769 bars; 444 takeaways;
Derby
15326 companies; 285 restaurants; 230 bars; 335 takeaways;
Devon
34112 companies; 2027 restaurants; 1258 bars; 529 takeaways;
Dorset
23898 companies; 920 restaurants; 479 bars; 265 takeaways;
East Riding of Yorkshire
16027 companies; 498 restaurants; 438 bars; 288 takeaways;
East Sussex
35868 companies; 1330 restaurants; 580 bars; 357 takeaways;
Hampshire
88421 companies; 1788 restaurants; 1068 bars; 668 takeaways;
Herefordshire
8757 companies; 392 restaurants; 258 bars; 91 takeaways;
Isle of Wight
5224 companies; 358 restaurants; 199 bars; 114 takeaways;
Kingston upon Hull
10041 companies; 413 restaurants; 210 bars; 359 takeaways;
Lancashire
63535 companies; 1982 restaurants; 1285 bars; 1407 takeaways;
Leicestershire
61320 companies; 1699 restaurants; 919 bars; 1030 takeaways;
Luton
16756 companies; 224 restaurants; 57 bars; 184 takeaways;
Medway
14375 companies; 317 restaurants; 133 bars; 207 takeaways;
Merseyside
68488 companies; 2408 restaurants; 1307 bars; 1540 takeaways;
Milton Keynes
23187 companies; 452 restaurants; 154 bars; 168 takeaways;
Norfolk
36794 companies; 1928 restaurants; 1171 bars; 855 takeaways;
Northamptonshire
47910 companies; 1411 restaurants; 736 bars; 467 takeaways;
North East Lincolnshire
6995 companies; 245 restaurants; 159 bars; 193 takeaways;
North Lincolnshire
6593 companies; 244 restaurants; 180 bars; 166 takeaways;
North Somerset
11523 companies; 278 restaurants; 154 bars; 116 takeaways;
Northumberland
9963 companies; 616 restaurants; 472 bars; 302 takeaways;
North Yorkshire
30638 companies; 1558 restaurants; 977 bars; 542 takeaways;
Nottinghamshire
52015 companies; 1756 restaurants; 1068 bars; 1158 takeaways;
Oxfordshire
42563 companies; 1323 restaurants; 757 bars; 445 takeaways;
Peterborough
11099 companies; 283 restaurants; 100 bars; 183 takeaways;
Plymouth
9399 companies; 428 restaurants; 154 bars; 176 takeaways;
Poole
18580 companies; 236 restaurants; 56 bars; 122 takeaways;
Portsmouth
14440 companies; 421 restaurants; 215 bars; 249 takeaways;
Reading
13794 companies; 286 restaurants; 122 bars; 172 takeaways;
Shropshire
15351 companies; 798 restaurants; 397 bars; 119 takeaways;
Slough
13525 companies; 188 restaurants; 36 bars; 109 takeaways;
Somerset
25409 companies; 979 restaurants; 739 bars; 313 takeaways;
Southampton
15069 companies; 346 restaurants; 174 bars; 203 takeaways;
Southend-on-Sea
19770 companies; 485 restaurants; 92 bars; 187 takeaways;
South Gloucestershire
14305 companies; 377 restaurants; 248 bars; 139 takeaways;
South Yorkshire
64623 companies; 2304 restaurants; 1062 bars; 1499 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
3 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
Stockton-on-Tees
7802 companies; 247 restaurants; 160 bars; 170 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
9469 companies; 306 restaurants; 278 bars; 331 takeaways;
Suffolk
35045 companies; 1236 restaurants; 708 bars; 527 takeaways;
Swindon
11788 companies; 299 restaurants; 122 bars; 116 takeaways;
Telford and Wrekin
6275 companies; 232 restaurants; 144 bars; 130 takeaways;
The City of Brighton and Hove
38382 companies; 963 restaurants; 427 bars; 328 takeaways;
Tyne and Wear
44610 companies; 1692 restaurants; 953 bars; 1406 takeaways;
Warrington
28031 companies; 336 restaurants; 233 bars; 216 takeaways;
West Sussex
55490 companies; 1573 restaurants; 737 bars; 528 takeaways;
West Yorkshire
123119 companies; 3513 restaurants; 2537 bars; 3141 takeaways;
Wiltshire
33868 companies; 588 restaurants; 667 bars; 261 takeaways;
Windsor and Maidenhead
15950 companies; 369 restaurants; 128 bars; 82 takeaways;
Wokingham
11931 companies; 193 restaurants; 105 bars; 56 takeaways;
Worcestershire
38117 companies; 781 restaurants; 708 bars; 483 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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