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Enterprise Directorate: Small and Medium Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions

Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions

Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Statistics for the UK and Regions 2009 (SME Statistics) were published on Wednesday 13 October 2010.

The SME Statistics include data on enterprises of all sizes, but contain more detail on enterprises in the smaller size-bands.

Data tables show the number of businesses, employment and turnover, in each category, broken down by the number of employees. Table 1 shows
Private Sector, Table 2 shows Whole Economy (i.e. private sector / Government / non-profit), Table 3 shows Legal Status, and Tables 4-7 show breakdowns by the Standard Industrial Classification, with 7 being the most detailed. Where regional data are available, they appear in Tables 8 to 24.

A corrected version of the 2009 SME Statistics data sheet was uploaded onto the BIS web site on 20/01/2011.

Please note that following on from a Public Consultation and Methodological Review, SME Statistics will be changing. Whilst using broadly the same methodology, the series will be re-named 'Business Population Estimates for the UK and Regions', to highlight the fact that several improvements have been made to the methodology. 'Business Population Estimates for the UK and Regions 2010' will be released in May 2011. Business Population Estimates will be available through the link shown below:

http://stats.bis.gov.uk/ed/bpe/

Estimates for Business Population Estimates for the UK and Regions will be based on an improved methodology, which will have a significant impact on the overall number of businesses shown in the publication. They will no longer be directly comparable with previous editions of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises for the UK and Regions.

An article will be published in the Economic and Labour Market Review in April 2011, providing further details on the impact of the new methodology for the new publication.

SME Statistics 1994 to 2009

  Data Tables
(Excel spreadsheet)
UK Statistical Press Release (Adobe PDF) Regional Statistical Press Release* (Adobe PDF) Methodology Note (Adobe PDF)
2009 Click here (1091 kb) Click here (165 kb)   Click here (195 kb)
2008 Click here (1330 kb) Click here (163 kb)   Click here (190 kb)
2007 Click here (1190 kb)# Click here (125 kb) See UK Statistical Press Release Click here (99 kb)
2006 Click here (652 kb) Click here (75 kb) Not available* Click here (69 kb)
2005 Click here (1 mb) Click here (56 kb) Click here (45 kb) Click here (66 kb)
2004 Click here (649 kb) Click here (51 kb) Not available* Click here (62 kb)
2003 Click here (1 mb) Click here (131 kb) Click here (42 kb) Click here (141 kb)
2002 Click here (635 kb) Click here (45 kb) Not available* Click here (23 kb)
2001 Click here (940 kb) Click here (148 kb) Click here (148 kb) Not available
2000 Click here (582 kb) Click here (121 kb) Not available* Not available
1999 Click here (859 kb) Click here (151 kb) Not available Click here (132 kb)
1998 Click here (856 kb) Not available Not available Not available
1997 Click here (458 kb) Not available Not available Not available
1996 Click here (403 kb) Not available Not available Not available
1995 Click here (341 kb) Not available Not available Not available
1994 Click here (43 kb) Not available Not available Not available

Tell us your opinion of the SME Statistics

We would like to keep our publication as relevant and useful as possible. Therefore, we are carrying out a survey to collect information on users’ experience of the SME Statistics. If you are interested in contributing, please click on the following link

SME Statistics User Group

If there is enough interest, we intend to set up a 'SME Statistics User Group', to discuss key results and future developments in the publication. We would initially hold it annually, following the publication, but could hold meetings more frequently, if there is sufficient interest.
Please email enterprise.statistics@bis.gsi.gov.uk if you are interested in finding out more.

Consultation

BIS has published the government response to the consultation on Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions conducted in 2008-09. As a result of the consultation some changes were made to the methodology and the format of the SME Statistics 2008 and further changes were made to the format of the SME Statistics 2009. Full guidance on these changes is published in the accompanying Methodology Notes.

For more information on the proposed changes to future editions of SME Statistics please see the consultation document.

* Due to resource limitations the regional statistics used to be only produced every other year. They are now produced annually.

# This file was replaced with an amended version on 15/10/2008 to correct the data and presentation of tables 9 and 13.

A WinZip file is also available here (3.31  MB) which contains the data tables from all the publications on this web site.

For further information, or to provide feedback, on these statistics please contact enterprise.statistics@bis.gsi.gov.uk

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Last updated on 15 April, 2011 at 10:54