This directory contains UK data sources that include information on micro entrepreneurs, microbusinesses or self-employment. Find out more about the Directory of Micro Data Sources.
In addition to the datasets that can be searched for through this section of the portal, the UK’s Office for National Statistics also provides the Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML). The VML provides access to the microdata used to produce many of ONS’ aggregate datasets.
Researchers researching microbusiness may find accessing some of the VML’s micro-datasets particularly useful, since it allows for, for example, the creation of control groups against which to compare microbusinesses with other types of business, or with each other. For example, the Business Structure Database microdata can be accessed through the VML and contains some microbusinesses, albeit the bulk of the businesses included are those registered for VAT, which many microbusinesses will not be.
Information regarding the Virtual Microdata Laboratory can be found by visiting relevant pages on ONS’ website.
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|Study / Data source title||Data type||Years||Principal investigator||Analysis unit||More...|
|Annual Business Survey (ABS)||Survey data and administrative data||2008-2013||Office for National Statistics||Businesses in Great Britain registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2008-2013||More...|
|Annual Respondents Database (ARD)/Annual Business Inquiry (ABI)||Survey data||1973-2008||Office for National Statistics||Businesses in Great Britain (and Northern Ireland prior to 2002) registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1973-2008.||More...|
|Annual Small Business Survey (ASBS)||Survey data||2003-2008||Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform||UK Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with between 1 and 249 employees||More...|
|Business Expenditure on Research and Development (BERD)||Survey data||1994-2013||Office for National Statistics||UK organisations that contributed to overall Research and Development activity and that were registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1994 - 2013||More...|
|Business Population Estimates (BPE)||Administrative & Survey data||2010-present||Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)||Data from Inter-Departmental Business Register (businesses operating VAT and/or PAYE schemes) plus estimates of the number of small, unregistered businesses using LFS||More...|
|Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)||Survey data||2009-2013||Office for National Statistics||Businesses in Great Britain registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2009-2013||More...|
|Business Structure Database (BSD)||Administrative data: Individual business registration data||1997-2014||Office for National Statistics||Businesses in the United Kingdom registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1997-2014||More...|
|Business Structure Database Longitudinal||Administrative data: Individual business registration data (longitudinal)||1997-2013||Businesses in the United Kingdom registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1997-2013||More...|
|English Business Survey (EBS)||Survey data||2011-2012||Department for Business, Innovation and Skills||Businesses in England that were registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 2011 - 2012||More...|
|Human Resource Management and Performance in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises||Survey data||2004-2005||Michie, J., University of Birmingham. Birmingham Business School||Firms in target sectors with between 5 and 100 employees, surveyed in 2004-2005||More...|
|Inter-Departmental Business Register (IDBR)||Administrative data: Individual business registration data||1994-present||Office for National Statistics||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.||More...|
|Monthly Inquiry into the Distribution and Services Sector ( MIDSS)||Survey data||1997-2009||Office for National Statistics||Service industries, defined by the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), and that were registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1997 - 2009||More...|
|Monthly Production Inquiry (MPI)||Survey data||1997-2009||Office for National Statistics||Businesses in the production sector, Standard Industrial Classification 2003 Sections C to E, registered for VAT and/or PAYE in 1997 - 2009.||More...|
|Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Electronic Commerce||Survey data||2000||Daniel, E., Cranfield School of Management. Information Systems Research Centre||Companies - small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 250 employees, throughout Great Britain, during March-April, 2000||More...|
|Small Business Survey||Survey data||2010, 2012||Department for Business, Innovation and Skills||Small and Medium sized enterprises in the UK employing less than 250 people in 2010 - 2012||More...|
|Small Firms and their Employees||Survey data||2005-2006||Edwards, P.K., University of Warwick. Industrial Relations Research Unit||Managers and employees in small firms based in the East and West Midlands, surveyed during 2005-2006||More...|
|Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise Finance Monitor||Survey data||2011-2015||BDRC Continental||UK SMEs with up to 250 employees||More...|
|SME Business Barometer||Survey data||2009-present||Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)||Owner/managers of SMEs employing between one and 249 people||More...|
|Social Capital and Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Performance||Survey data||2000-2002||Cooke, P.N., Cardiff University. Centre for Advanced Studies, Clifton, N.C., Cardiff University. Centre for Advanced Studies||Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the UK, with under 200 employees, during 2000-2002. Respondents were predominantly owner-managers.||More...|
|The Northern Ireland Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)||Survey data||2010-present||NISRA Department of Finance and Personnel||A statutory enquiry of employers in Northern Ireland, carried out biennially under the Statistics of Trade and Employment (Northern Ireland)||More...|
|The Quarterly Survey of Small Business in Britain||Survey data||1984-present||The Open University Business School||Small and medium-sized firms drawn from a large telephone omnibus survey and a parallel online survey||More...|
|UK-IRC Survey of Business and Professional Service Firms (PBS)||Survey data||2011-2014||University of Manchester. Manchester Business School, University of Cambridge. Centre for Business Research. Judge Business School||Professional and business service firms in the United Kingdom||More...|
|United Kingdom Survey of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises' Finances||Survey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort||2004, 2007, 2008, 2009||Fraser, S., University of Warwick. Warwick Business School. Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises||SMEs in the UK, with up to 250 employees||More...|