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Who controls the businesses of the UK?
The typical business owner is 51, British and male
MethodologyThe full PSC dataset was downloaded from the Companies House site on 19 January 2018. People, companies and legal entities included in the dataset all fulfil at least one of the following criteria:
- They hold over 25% of a company’s shares.
- They hold 25% of a company’s voting rights.
- They have the right to appoint or remove the majority of directors.
- They have the right to exercise significant influence or control.
- They have the right to exercise significant control over a company that meets any of the four previous conditions.
CSVs were produced counting up the information provided by each PSC. The data was then cleared of very low-frequency responses that were clearly a mistake, such as the person who entered “Douglas” as their title.
Age was calculated from the date of birth by subtracting its year from 2018 (which, since this calculation was done on January, will be accurate the majority of the time). The age distribution of the general population was taken from the ONS, adding two years to each age, as two years have passed since that dataset was uploaded.
The gender ratio was calculated from all titles with a definite gender. All gender neutral titles were left out.
The distribution of nationalities among the general population was sourced from the ONS, and combined with their estimate of the UK population for the same time period, to get the percentage of each nationality.
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