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.
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.
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.
LinksONS 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|
|Central Hampshire New Forest*||241,600||161,400||80,300||250,700|
|Basingstoke and Deane||77,800||54,600||23,200||79,900|
|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|
Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey 2014
Notes: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.
KeyEmployees: 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 informationSubject 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- 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.
Business Demography 122 kB
Key Sector Factsheets
Aerospace and Defense 318 kB
Financial and Business 347 kB
ICT and Digital Media 325 kB
Logistics 323 kB
Hampshire Major Employers
The Hampshire Economic Development Office have produced public and private sector lists below.