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 28 March 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 their 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.

2014 BRES Employees estimate Full-time employees estimate Part-time employees estimate Employment estimate
Hampshire County Council 577,000 387,600 189,400 594,400
North Hampshire* 406,300 275,800 130,500 419,800
Central Hampshire New Forest* 241,600 161,400 80,300 250,700
South Hampshire* 383,900 249,100 134,800 391,900
Basingstoke and Deane 77,800 54,600 23,200 79,900
East Hampshire 43,000 28,300 14,700 44,800
Eastleigh 60,400 41,200 19,100 61,600
Fareham 47,900 32,100 15,800 49,000
Gosport 20,600 12,700 7,900 21,200
Hart 40,800 27,200 13,600 42,000
Havant 41,800 25,700 16,100 42,700
New Forest 66,800 43,200 23,600 70,100
Rushmoor 46,100 32,800 13,400 47,200
Test Valley 54,500 38,600 15,900 56,400
Winchester 77,400 51,300 26,100 79,400
Portsmouth 101,100 66,200 35,000 102,900
Southampton 112,100 71,100 41,000 114,300
Hampshire Economic Area 790,300 524,900 265,300 811,700
Isle of Wight 47,700 29,800 17,900 50,100
Hampshire and Isle of Wight 838,000 554,700 283,200 861,800
Enterprise M3 LEP 780,100 537,500 242,600 804,600
Solent LEP 673,300 440,200 233,000 692,700
South East 3,908,000 2,649,700 1,258,400 4,046,700
Great Britain 27,950,900 19,090,100 8,860,800 28,989,300

Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey 2014


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.

Key Sector Factsheets

Aerospace and Defense  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 318kB

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Hampshire Major Employers

The Hampshire Economic Development Office have produced public and private sector lists below.

Major Employers Private Sector (report not updated annually)

Note: The 2015 report is currently the latest report. The web mapping tool and open data spatial formats are currently unavailable while updates are processed.

Major Employers Public Sector (report not updated annually)

This is the latest report.