Official Statistics

Rural business statistics

Number and type of businesses in rural and urban areas.


Rural businesses


Changes in the numbers and types of businesses in rural and urban areas.



  • business count
  • business start ups
  • business composition
  • businesses by industry type and size band
  • employment by industry type
  • small and medium businesses

Data source: Office for National Statistics: VAT registrations and de-registrations; business demography; and Inter Departmental Business Register (IDBR)

Coverage: England

Rural classification used: Office for National Statistics Rural Urban Classification

Next release date: tba

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Published 31 January 2013
Last updated 22 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Published today, latest analysis on rural businesses.
  2. Published today, new analysis on small and medium businesses in rural areas.
  3. Published today, latest available statistics on rural businesses.
  4. We’ve changed how we’ve organised rural statistics and updated the content following Lord Cameron’s review of rural proofing.
  5. Updated Rural Businesses document.
  6. Updated rural business figures now published.
  7. Latest statistics on rural businesses published today.
  8. 2011/12 Enterprise composition and business breakdown by rural urban definition.
  9. First published.