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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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British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA)Survey data1983-presentNatCen Social ResearchAdults (18 and over) living in private households in Great Britain (excluding the 'crofting counties' north of the Caledonian Canal)More...
General Lifestyle Survey (GLS)Survey data1971-2011Office for National Statistics. Social and Vital Statistics DivisionIndividuals and households -People aged 16 years and over and household membersMore...
Life Opportunities SurveySurvey data: Longitudinal/panel/cohort2009-2012Office for National Statistics. Social Survey DivisionPeople aged 16 and over in private households in Great Britain, comparing the experiences of disabled people with those of nondisabled peopleMore...
Opinions and Lifestyle SurveySurvey data1990-presentOffice for National Statistics. Social Survey DivisionAdults, aged 16 or over, living in private households in Great Britain.More...