National Statistics

Business population estimates 2019

Annual business population estimates for the UK and regions in 2019.

Documents

Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2019: detailed tables (MS Excel)

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Business population estimates for the UK and regions 2019: detailed tables (ODS)

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Details

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

Business population estimates 2019 is the latest in the annual publication of Business population estimates.

In 2019, for the first time, the statistical release is published in HTML, in addition to PDF format.

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 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.

Future release dates will be announced on the GOV.UK release calendar.

Data tools

Access the data tools

  • Data downloaders allow users to download headline data for 2019 and time-series in a quick and flexible manner
  • Application Programme Interface (API) instructions explain how to use a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) in a specific format to access headline time series and detailed 2019 data

Get in touch

Send comments or feedback about the report to business.statistics@beis.gov.uk.

Published 10 October 2019
Last updated 14 January 2020 + show all updates
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