National Statistics

Business population estimates 2018

Annual business population estimates for the UK and regions in 2018.

Documents

Business population estimate for the UK and regions: 2018 statistical release

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Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2018: detailed tables

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Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2018: methodology note

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Details

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.

The Department’s Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008: statement of compliance provides details of officials and ministers who have pre-release access to the Business Population Estimates for the UK and Regions.

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).

Please email business.statistics@beis.gov.uk should you have any feedback or comments on these tools.

Published 11 October 2018
Last updated 17 October 2018 + show all updates
  1. We have added details on business population data tools.
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