Hampshire Facts and Figures

Business Data

Inter Departmental Business Register (IDBR) - UK Business Activity

The Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR) is a list of UK businesses maintained by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).It provides a sampling frame for surveys of businesses carried out by the ONS and by other government departments. It is also a key data source for analysis of business activity.

The IDBR covers businesses in all parts of the economy, missing some very small businesses operating without VAT or PAYE schemes (self employed and those with low turnover and without employees) and some non-profit organisations, representing nearly 99 per cent of UK economic activity.

The data comes from the UK Business Activity publication, which is a snapshot of the IDBR as at March 28th of each reporting year.

Statistical units

A group of legal units under common ownership is called an enterprise group.An enterprise is the smallest combination of legal units (generally based on VAT or PAYE) which has a certain degree of autonomy within an enterprise group.An individual site (for example factory or shop) in an enterprise is called a local unit.

Observation unit

Reporting units hold the mailing address to which the survey forms are sent. The form can cover the enterprise as a whole, or parts of the enterprise identified by lists of local units.


ONS have produced an IDBR page on thier website which includes A brief guide to IDBR

IDBR for Local Authorities can be downloaded from the ONS Neighbourhood Statistics Analysis webpage and selecting IDBR analysis to support Local Authorities. Please note that the data are based on the 2007 Standard Industry Classification system, which is not compatible to SIC 2003.


Business Register and Employment Survey

The Business Register and Emloyment Survey (BRES) has replaced and integrated two existing ONS business surveys, the Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) and Business Register Survey (BRS) and is a sample survey of approximately 80,000 businesses.
The BRES currently provides information on four measures of employment status, as shown in the Table. BRES also provides Industry data using the 2007 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) to define industry sectors. The following spreadsheet provides data by ONS broad industry sectors and sections.

2012 BRES Employees estimate Full-time employees estimate Part-time employees estimate Employment estimate
Hampshire County Council 558,900 369,700 189,200 577,500
North Hampshire* 157,000 110,700 46,300 161,700
Central Hampshire New Forest* 233,000 148,700 84,300 242,400
South Hampshire* 374,600 243,100 131,500 383,700
Basingstoke and Deane 79,800 57,100 22,700 82,000
East Hampshire 45,200 26,300 18,900 47,200
Eastleigh 62,200 42,000 20,300 63,700
Fareham 47,200 31,100 16,100 48,500
Gosport 19,100 12,000 7,200 19,700
Hart 33,500 22,300 11,200 34,900
Havant 40,300 25,300 15,000 41,400
New Forest 64,500 41,000 23,500 67,800
Rushmoor 43,700 31,300 12,300 44,800
Test Valley 50,900 35,400 15,500 53,000
Winchester 72,400 46,000 26,400 74,300
Portsmouth 100,900 65,600 35,300 103,100
Southampton 104,700 67,100 37,600 107,200
Hampshire Economic Area 764,500 502,500 262,100 787,900
Enterprise M3 LEP 753,800 505,700 248,100 781,100
Solent LEP 654,800 422,100 232,800 676,200
South East 3,767,000 2,519,900 1,247,200 3,920,400
Great Britain 26,720,000 17,966,000 8,754,000 27,872,500

Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey 2012


1. These figures exclude farm agriculture (SIC subclass 01000).
2. All figures rounded to the nearest 100
3. BRES is a sampled survey estimating the number of employees/employment, and as such is indicative rather than actual.
4. * North Hampshire = Basingstoke and Deane, Hart and Rushmoor; Central Hampshire New Forest = East Hampshire, New Forest, Test Valley and Winchester; South Hampshire = Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth and Southampton.


Employees: An employee is anyone aged 16 years or over that an organisation directly pays from its payroll(s), in return for carrying outa full-time or part-time job or being on a training scheme. It excludes voluntary workers, self-employed, working owners who are not paid via PAYE.
Full-time employees: those working more than 30 hours per week.
Part-time employees: those working 30 hours or less per week.
Employment =
employees + working proprietors. Working Proprietors are sole traders, sole proprietors, partners and directors. This does not apply to registered charities.

Further information

Subject to BRES disclosure protocol it is possible to extract data down to Lower layer Super Output Areas and 5-digit Industry divisions. However, at this level of detail the reliability of the data becomes an issue and will most likely be confidential. As a rule of thumb any BRES data below local authority district level should be used with extreme care. If you require further advice or data please contact the Economy TeamFor High level UK BRES estimates  published on the ONS website please visit the ONS BRES webpage

Business Demography

Business Demography- Age of Business

Office for National Statistics Business Demography Active Enterprises, Births and Deaths data replaces the former BERR VAT Registration data for 2007 onwards. The key difference between the BERR statistics and the new ONS Business Demography publication is the inclusion of PAYE registered units thereby providing a more comprehensive view of business start-up activity. A more detailed description can be found on the Notes tab on the Business Demography file.

The data also includes age of business using four age bands from less than 2yrs old to 10 or more years. Earlier data can be accessed from Neighbourhood Statistics.


Hampshire Major Employers

The Hampshire Economic Development Office have produced public and private sector lists below. A more comprehensive database of Hampshire area business is available (for a charge) from Hampshire County Council Economic Development Office.

Major Employers Private Sector

  • Major Employers Private Sector (2013) Microsoft Excel 40kb
    • Geographic formats of the data are available to download on our Open Data pages . The locations are postcode level but attribute address information is included.
    • We have also produced a web mapping tool which displays employers by post code location and sector type, including multiple company site locations ¬†
Note: The web mapping tool represents multiple sites for a company while the all other data sets only represent the one main HQ.

Major Employers Public Sector