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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: ONS Business Register and Employment Survey 2011
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.
The Hampshire Economic Development Office produced revised 2009 figures for the top 100 companies based on sales, and lists of major public and private sector employers in Hampshire. A more comprehensive database of Hampshire area business is available (for a charge) from Hampshire County Council’s Economic Development Office. For further details contact Hampshire County Council Economic Development Office.
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