National statistics

Business population estimates 2020

Annual business population estimates for the UK and regions in 2020.



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 2020 is the latest in the annual publication of Business population estimates.

In 2020, for the first time, the publication reports measures quantifying uncertainty in key estimates of business numbers.

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.

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Published 8 October 2020