Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR)

General Information

Data type Administrative data: Individual business registration data
Country UK
Years 1994-present
Data depositor
Principal investigator Office for National Statistics
Analysis unit All business in the UK since 1994/95 with the exception of very small businesses without VAT or PAYE schemes (self employed and those with low turnover and without employees) and some non-profit making organisations.
Spatial unit
Sampling method No sampling (total universe)
Data collection method Compilation or synthesis of existing material and Survey Data
Weight No
Access ONS (by application)
Reference number SN 888049
Cost Yes
Available documentation
Notes The IDBR is built up from businesses which are registered for VAT and/or employers who operate PAYE Income Tax schemes. Therefore, businesses not covered are those that neither run a PAYE scheme for employees, nor have turnover that is above the threshold required to register for VAT. These will be primarily self-employed proprietors and partnerships. Therefore, few micro-businesses will be included.

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 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 Yes
Subcontractor No