Business Population Estimates (BPE)

General Information

Data type Administrative & Survey data
Country UK
Years 2010-present
Data depositor Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
Principal investigator Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
Analysis unit Data from Inter-Departmental Business Register (businesses operating VAT and/or PAYE schemes) plus estimates of the number of small, unregistered businesses using LFS
Spatial unit UK Regions
Sampling method No sampling (total universe)
Data collection method Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weight No
Access http://data.gov.uk
Reference number BIS/14/92
Cost No
Available documentation http://data.gov.uk/dataset/business_population_estimates_for_the_uk_and_regions
Notes Contains an estimate of no. of businesses with no employees, which might be interpreted as equivalent to self-employment. Supersedes the BIS 'Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions Methodology: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/377936/bpe_2014__methodology_note.pdf

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 No
Employee director No
Employs others No
Subcontractor No