Who owns businesses in the UK?
This short story uses a snapshot of ONS's Annual Business Survey (ABS) to look at the contribution that foreign-owned registered businesses in the UK make to the UK Business Economy and their country of ownership.
- Only 1% of registered businesses in the UK business economy in 2011 were foreign-owned but these businesses contributed 28% of value added.
- Construction had the smallest proportion of foreign-owned businesses (0.3%), and production had the highest proportion of foreign-owned businesses (around 3%).
- Of all foreign-owned businesses, 53% were European-owned, and another 34% owned in North or South America.
- The foreign country with the highest share of ownership was the USA, which contributed 26% of foreign-owned businesses in the UK.
View the full report online at: www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/abs/annual-business-survey/foreign-ownership/index.html