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.

2013 BRES Employees estimate Full-time employees estimate Part-time employees estimate Employment estimate
Hampshire County Council 569,200 369,900 199,200 588,100
North Hampshire* 165,900 111,100 54,800 170,700
Central Hampshire New Forest* 232,200 149,400 82,700 241,400
South Hampshire* 382,200 246,900 135,300 391,400
Basingstoke and Deane 81,900 53,400 28,500 84,500
East Hampshire 39,800 25,100 14,700 41,800
Eastleigh 60,700 39,100 21,600 62,400
Fareham 48,200 31,300 16,800 49,400
Gosport 20,600 12,700 7,900 21,300
Hart 38,800 25,600 13,200 40,000
Havant 41,600 26,200 15,400 42,900
New Forest 64,500 39,900 24,500 67,800
Rushmoor 45,200 32,100 13,100 46,200
Test Valley 51,200 35,200 16,000 53,100
Winchester 76,700 49,200 27,500 78,800
Portsmouth 101,800 68,600 33,200 103,600
Southampton 109,300 68,900 40,400 111,800
Hampshire Economic Area 780,300 507,400 272,800 803,500
Enterprise M3 LEP 759,200 507,200 251,900 785,500
Solent LEP 662,400 425,200 237,200 683,700
South East 3,823,500 2,542,400 1,281,000 3,974,000
Great Britain 27,176,500 18,392,500 8,784,100 28,297,300

Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey 2013


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

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