Annual Respondents Database (ARD)/Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)

General Information

Data type Survey data
Country Great Britain, UK
Years 1973-2008
Data depositor Office for National Statistics
Principal investigator Office for National Statistics
Analysis unit Businesses in Great Britain (and Northern Ireland prior to 2002) registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1973-2008.
Spatial unit CountiesGovernment Office RegionsLAU-2 AreasLocal Authority DistrictsNUTS-III AreasPostcode (Unit) [anonymised]Training and Enterprise CouncilsTravel to Work AreasUnitary Authorities (England)Unitary Authorities (Wales)Wards (Electoral)Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Sampling method One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Data collection method Postal survey
Weight Yes
Access UK Data Service: Secure Access
Reference number SN 6644
Cost No
Available documentation
Notes Until 1997 the data were limited to the production and construction industries surveyed by the ACOP and ACOC. From 2002, the ABI is collected and stored separately in Northern Ireland. Special permission is required to use new NI ABI data. It is a census of large businesses, and a stratified sample of small and medium sized enterprises. The stratified sampling framework means that smaller firms move in and out of the survey. Assessed using 'Guidance Notes for completing ABI/1 2004 form'

Variable Information - About the business

Number of employees in business Yes
Legal status of business No
VAT registration status No
Annual turnover Yes
Type of business Registered for VAT and/or PAYE
Number of clients No
Home based No
Home-based measurement 1
Survey Response items 1
Home-based measurement 2
Survey Response items 2

Variable Information - About the owner

Self employed No
Employee director No
Employs others No
Subcontractor No