business grants for small businesses

Business Grants – Sic Codes

Business Activities

Your business is only eligible for support if a minimum of 80% of your turnover is generated by B2B activity, with any B2C/Retail activity accounting for no more than 20% of turnover. If you are not sure if your business activity is eligible, please contact us via this form and we will be able to advise you.

If you do not know your SIC code – check here on the overview page [bottom left] on Companies House


Business Activity SIC Code* Eligible for support
    Yes No
Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities 01 N
Forestry and logging 02 N
Fishing and aquaculture 03 N
Mining of coal and lignite 05 N
Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas 06 Y
Mining of metal ores 07 Y
Other mining and quarrying 08 Y
Mining support service activities 09 Y
Mining support service activities if transporting coal 09 N
Manufacture of food products 10 Y
Manufacture of beverages 11 Y
Manufacture of tobacco products 12 N
Manufacture of textiles 13 Y
Manufacture of wearing apparel 14 Y
Manufacture of leather and related products 15 Y
Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials 16 Y
Manufacture of paper and paper products 17 Y
Printing and reproduction of recorded media 18 Y
Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products 19 Y
Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products 20 Y
Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations 21 Y
Manufacture of rubber and plastic products 22 Y
Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products 23 Y
Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys 24.1 N
Manufacture of tubes, pipes, hollow profiles and related fittings, of steel 24.2 Y
Manufacture of other products of first processing of steel 24.3 Y
Manufacture of basic precious and other non-ferrous metals 24.4 Y
Casting of iron 24.51 N
Casting of steel 24.52 N
Casting of light metals 24.53 Y
Casting of other non-ferrous metals 24.54 Y
Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment 25 Y
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products 26 Y
Manufacture of machinery and equipment not elsewhere classified (nec) 28 Y
Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers 29 Y
Manufacture of other transport and equipment 30 Y
Building of ships and boats 30.1 N
Manufacture of furniture 31 Y
Other manufacturing 32 Y
Repair and installation of machinery and equipment 33 Y
Electric power generation, transmission and distribution 35.1 N
Manufacture of gas; distribution of gaseous fluids through mains 35.2 N
Steam and air conditioning supply 35.3 Y
Water collection, treatment and supply 36 Y
Sewerage 37 N
Waste collection, treatment and disposal activities; materials recovery 38 Y
Remediation activities and other waste management services 39 Y
Construction of buildings 41 Y
Civil engineering 42 Y
Specialised construction activities 43 Y
Sale of motor vehicles 45.1 N
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 45.2 Y
Wholesale trade of motor vehicle parts and accessories 45.31 Y
Retail trade of motor vehicle parts and accessories 45.32 N
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 46 Y
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 47 N
Passenger rail transport, interurban 49.1 N
Freight rail transport 49.2 Y
Other passenger land transport 49.3 N
Freight transport by road and removal services 49.4 Y
Transport via pipeline 49.5 Y
Sea and coastal passenger water transport 50.1 N
Sea and coastal freight water transport 50.2 Y
Inland passenger water transport 50.3 N
Inland freight water transport 50.4 Y
Passenger air transport 51.1 N
Freight air transport and space transport 51.2 Y
Warehousing and support activities for transportation 52 Y
Postal and courier activities 53 Y
Accommodation 55 N
Food and beverage service activities 56 N
Publishing activities 58 Y
Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities 59 Y
Programming and broadcasting activities 60 Y
Telecommunications 61 Y
Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 62 Y
Information service activities 63 Y
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding 64 N
Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security 65 N
Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities 66 N
Real estate activities 68 N
Legal and accounting activities 69 Y
Activities of head offices; management consultancy activities 70 Y
Architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis 71 Y
Scientific research and development 72 Y
Advertising and market research 73 Y
Other professional, scientific and technical activities 74 Y
Veterinary activities 75 N
Rental and leasing activities 77 Y
Renting and leasing of other personal and household goods 77.29 N
Renting and leasing of other personal and household goods (other than media entertainment equipment 77.29/9 N
Employment activities 78 N
Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities 79 N
Security and investigation activities 80 Y
Services to buildings and landscape activities 81 Y
Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 82 Y
Activities of collection agencies and credit bureaux 82.91 N
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 84 N
Education (including Training) 85 N
Human health activities 86 N
Residential care activities 87 N
Social work activities without accommodation 88 N
Creative, arts and entertainment activities 90 N
Libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities 91 N
Gambling and betting activities 92 N
Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities 93 N
Activities of membership organisations 94 N
Repair of computers and communication equipment 95.1 Y
Repair of personal and household goods 95.2 N
Other personal service activities 96 N
Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel 97 N
Undifferentiated goods and services-producing activities of private households for own use 98 N
Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies 99 N


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* The United Kingdom Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities (SIC) is used to classify businesses, companies and other standard units by the type of economic activity in which they are engaged. These codes were first used in the UK in 1948.


SIC codes are used by Companies House and this information must be provided by all companies, whether active or dormant, when they file their first annual return after company formation.


The Office for National Statistics uses SIC codes to collate important data about the various types of businesses operating and trading within the UK.