The Business population estimates for the United Kingdom (UK) and regions (BPE) publication provides the only official estimate of the total number of private sector businesses in the UK at the start of each year, with their associated employment and turnover.
Business population estimates annual publications are National Statistics.
This publication differs from other national statistics outputs produced by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on value-added tax (VAT) traders and pay as you earn (PAYE) employers. The ‘Guide to Business Statistics’, sets out the differences. The business population estimates provide further information by number of employees, legal status, industry and geography.
The publication has 3 main outputs. For headline summary information, refer to the ‘statistical release’. In 2019, for the first time, this was published in html, as well as pdf format. More detailed data is available in the ‘Detailed tables’ published in Excel and OpenDocument source format. The ‘Methodology and quality note’ explains how the estimates are calculated and reports on quality and changes in methodology.
The 2019 edition of Business population estimates for the UK and regions was published on 10 October 2019. View the latest BPE figures. Future release dates will be announced on the GOV.UK release calendar.
Data tools are based on data from the 2019 Business population estimates release, published on 10 October 2019.