Annual Small Business Survey (ASBS)

General Information

Data type Survey data
Country UK
Years 2003-2008
Data depositor Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
Principal investigator Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform
Analysis unit UK Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with between 1 and 249 employees
Spatial unit
Sampling method stratified random sample
Data collection method Telephone survey
Weight Yes
Access Department for Business Innovation & Skills
Reference number BIS/09/P74
Available documentation
Notes The ASBS was a survey of small businesses, including micro-businesses, with a sample size of approximately 4k-7k firms. Recently, IFF Research, Belmana and Middlesex University carried out a project to link early waves of the survey to the BSD allowing for longitudinal analysis. Please also note that from 2016 a new longitudinal Small Business Survey with an increased sample size of about 15k is going to be conducted by BIS. The survey will trace the same businesses on an annual basis with replacement for attrition.

Variable Information - About the business

Number of employees in business Yes
Legal status of business Yes
VAT registration status Yes
Annual turnover Yes
Type of business Both
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 Yes
Employee director Yes
Employs others Yes
Subcontractor No