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
13098 companies; 438 restaurants; 199 bars; 158 takeaways;
Bedford
12372 companies; 298 restaurants; 158 bars; 148 takeaways;
Blackburn with Darwen
8797 companies; 241 restaurants; 160 bars; 256 takeaways;
Blackpool
8239 companies; 314 restaurants; 54 bars; 288 takeaways;
Bournemouth
16244 companies; 563 restaurants; 116 bars; 196 takeaways;
Bracknell Forest
7225 companies; 253 restaurants; 142 bars; 98 takeaways;
Buckinghamshire
51748 companies; 637 restaurants; 439 bars; 288 takeaways;
Cambridgeshire
40523 companies; 1364 restaurants; 659 bars; 489 takeaways;
Central Bedfordshire
21578 companies; 353 restaurants; 240 bars; 179 takeaways;
Cheshire East
34841 companies; 1113 restaurants; 709 bars; 550 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
0 companies; 0 restaurants; 1 bars; 0 takeaways;
Cheshire West and Chester
21249 companies; 854 restaurants; 252 bars; 272 takeaways;
City of Bristol
40799 companies; 1165 restaurants; 512 bars; 521 takeaways;
Cornwall
21763 companies; 1721 restaurants; 705 bars; 448 takeaways;
County Durham
15123 companies; 816 restaurants; 755 bars; 767 takeaways;
Cumbria
21428 companies; 1316 restaurants; 782 bars; 462 takeaways;
Darlington
5061 companies; 183 restaurants; 129 bars; 182 takeaways;
Derby
16033 companies; 305 restaurants; 245 bars; 356 takeaways;
Derbyshire
34677 companies; 1229 restaurants; 1198 bars; 774 takeaways;
Devon
35688 companies; 2138 restaurants; 1318 bars; 559 takeaways;
Dorset
25356 companies; 1065 restaurants; 546 bars; 301 takeaways;
East Riding of Yorkshire
16672 companies; 515 restaurants; 446 bars; 300 takeaways;
East Sussex
38223 companies; 1415 restaurants; 598 bars; 374 takeaways;
Essex
121492 companies; 2529 restaurants; 1406 bars; 1099 takeaways;
Gloucestershire
40214 companies; 1387 restaurants; 556 bars; 399 takeaways;
Halton
4596 companies; 121 restaurants; 111 bars; 106 takeaways;
Hampshire
94613 companies; 1939 restaurants; 1105 bars; 704 takeaways;
Hartlepool
3262 companies; 157 restaurants; 126 bars; 175 takeaways;
Herefordshire
9032 companies; 408 restaurants; 261 bars; 94 takeaways;
Hertfordshire
130697 companies; 2290 restaurants; 1234 bars; 955 takeaways;
Isle of Wight
5327 companies; 373 restaurants; 203 bars; 118 takeaways;
Kent
108142 companies; 3065 restaurants; 1725 bars; 1176 takeaways;
Kingston upon Hull
10511 companies; 421 restaurants; 214 bars; 364 takeaways;
Lancashire
68436 companies; 2108 restaurants; 1335 bars; 1491 takeaways;
Leicestershire
66039 companies; 1817 restaurants; 948 bars; 1092 takeaways;
Lincolnshire
33888 companies; 1420 restaurants; 865 bars; 692 takeaways;
Luton
17962 companies; 241 restaurants; 62 bars; 189 takeaways;
Medway
15591 companies; 343 restaurants; 136 bars; 215 takeaways;
Merseyside
75348 companies; 2581 restaurants; 1346 bars; 1643 takeaways;
Middlesbrough
5681 companies; 302 restaurants; 136 bars; 212 takeaways;
Milton Keynes
25771 companies; 491 restaurants; 153 bars; 182 takeaways;
Norfolk
39276 companies; 2040 restaurants; 1215 bars; 904 takeaways;
Northamptonshire
52209 companies; 1483 restaurants; 763 bars; 491 takeaways;
North East Lincolnshire
7341 companies; 248 restaurants; 162 bars; 195 takeaways;
North Lincolnshire
6589 companies; 258 restaurants; 189 bars; 179 takeaways;
North Somerset
11951 companies; 282 restaurants; 158 bars; 121 takeaways;
Northumberland
10487 companies; 653 restaurants; 472 bars; 307 takeaways;
North Yorkshire
32287 companies; 1636 restaurants; 1013 bars; 571 takeaways;
Nottinghamshire
56281 companies; 1875 restaurants; 1105 bars; 1235 takeaways;
Oxfordshire
44477 companies; 1404 restaurants; 778 bars; 457 takeaways;
Peterborough
11554 companies; 296 restaurants; 104 bars; 194 takeaways;
Plymouth
9748 companies; 437 restaurants; 156 bars; 178 takeaways;
Poole
19561 companies; 240 restaurants; 57 bars; 123 takeaways;
Portsmouth
15049 companies; 453 restaurants; 230 bars; 272 takeaways;
Reading
14419 companies; 305 restaurants; 125 bars; 178 takeaways;
Redcar and Cleveland
3380 companies; 266 restaurants; 161 bars; 207 takeaways;
Rutland
1932 companies; 60 restaurants; 52 bars; 24 takeaways;
Shropshire
15921 companies; 812 restaurants; 404 bars; 132 takeaways;
Slough
14286 companies; 194 restaurants; 36 bars; 111 takeaways;
Somerset
26682 companies; 1017 restaurants; 742 bars; 331 takeaways;
Southampton
16044 companies; 355 restaurants; 174 bars; 206 takeaways;
Southend-on-Sea
20542 companies; 506 restaurants; 94 bars; 196 takeaways;
South Gloucestershire
15019 companies; 390 restaurants; 252 bars; 146 takeaways;
South Yorkshire
69142 companies; 2417 restaurants; 1099 bars; 1549 takeaways;
Staffordshire
45363 companies; 1195 restaurants; 1026 bars; 735 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
3 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
Stockton-on-Tees
8199 companies; 253 restaurants; 165 bars; 170 takeaways;
Stoke-on-Trent
9811 companies; 330 restaurants; 293 bars; 352 takeaways;
Suffolk
36912 companies; 1324 restaurants; 744 bars; 570 takeaways;
Surrey
118484 companies; 2023 restaurants; 853 bars; 614 takeaways;
Swindon
12216 companies; 325 restaurants; 128 bars; 126 takeaways;
Telford and Wrekin
6431 companies; 242 restaurants; 152 bars; 135 takeaways;
The City of Brighton and Hove
40004 companies; 1030 restaurants; 468 bars; 359 takeaways;
Torbay
7171 companies; 339 restaurants; 103 bars; 129 takeaways;
Tyne and Wear
47644 companies; 1895 restaurants; 985 bars; 1514 takeaways;
Warrington
28003 companies; 348 restaurants; 246 bars; 234 takeaways;
Warwickshire
41313 companies; 961 restaurants; 696 bars; 381 takeaways;
West Berkshire
16752 companies; 112 restaurants; 156 bars; 115 takeaways;
Warwickshire
15 companies; 2 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Sussex
57860 companies; 1681 restaurants; 760 bars; 549 takeaways;
West Yorkshire
133096 companies; 3686 restaurants; 2577 bars; 3278 takeaways;
Wiltshire
35137 companies; 617 restaurants; 669 bars; 270 takeaways;
Windsor and Maidenhead
16966 companies; 397 restaurants; 132 bars; 89 takeaways;
Wokingham
12568 companies; 202 restaurants; 112 bars; 60 takeaways;
Worcestershire
44296 companies; 826 restaurants; 742 bars; 518 takeaways;
York
11555 companies; 453 restaurants; 234 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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