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  The latest National Statistics on business start-ups and closures produced by the Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform were released on 28th November 2008 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT registrations and de-registrations statistics show the number of VAT registrations and de-registrations in the UK in 2007 and the stock of registered businesses at the start of 2008. Four sets of additional tables accompany the release which include statistics on registrations, de-registrations, stock of VAT registered businesses for the UK and each Country, Government Office Region, County, Parliamentary Constituency and District between 1994-2007.
  The latest release updates the statistics previously released on 14th November 2007.  
  To access the latest release in full click here  
  To access the additional tables in full and for further information on Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT registrations and de-registrations in 2007, including a technical note on methodology and accuracy - click here  
  This will be the final time these statistics are released. The Office for National Statistics have released a new National Statistics series on business births, deaths and survival rates, also on 28th November 2008 click here for further details and from next year this will be the only official source of information on business start-ups and closures.

For further details on the differences between the two publications, click here. (Note this article will also be published in the Office for National Statistics December issue of Economic and Labour Market Review.)


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