National Statistics

Business population estimates 2017

Annual business population estimates for the UK and regions in 2017. Includes revised totals for 2013 to 2016, taking account of updated source data.


Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2017: detailed tables

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Business population estimates for the UK and regions provides the only official estimate of the total number of private sector businesses in the UK at the start of each year.

These estimates produced by BEIS cover a wider range of businesses than Office for National Statistics (ONS) outputs, which report on VAT traders and PAYE employers.

Data tools

Beta releases of several data tools are now online. Details of the tools are as follows:

(Please note, the tools have been tested in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox; they may not necessarily work as well in other browsers).

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Published 30 November 2017