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Cross Cutting Research

This section contains report of surveys, research and analysis that cut across several enterprise policy issues.

Annual Small Business Surveys

The Annual Small Business Survey is a telephone survey of several thousand small and medium-sized businesses in the UK, carried out on an annual basis since 2003. The main purpose of the survey is to gauge the needs and concerns of small businesses and identify the barriers that prevent them from fulfilling their potential. The forerunner of the Annual Small Business Survey was the Small Business Service Omnibus survey that also sought the opinions of small businesses and only covered businesses in England. The Omnibus findings are also included on this page.






Household Survey of Entrepreneurship

The Enterprise Directorate Household Survey is a biennial telephone survey conducted amongst a general household population (adults aged 16-64) in England. The survey was carried out in 2001, 2003 and 2005, and in 2005 had a sample size of 15000. The survey helps government measure progress towards its targets on building a more enterprising culture and aims to determine the proportion of the population involved in entrepreneurial activity or considering it. It also provides data on attitudes, motivations and barriers to entrepreneurship.






BERR Business Support Cross Product Monitoring Survey

This report series details the findings of various waves of the DTI (now BERR) Business Support Cross Product Monitoring Survey. The surveys evaluate various DTI (now BERR) Business Support Products over the last four years.

Evidence Base

SME Statistics

The BERR Enterprise Directorate Statistics Team provides performance information which enables the SBS to judge progress and manage resources. They produce statistics on the business population, business start-ups and closures and survival rates.

Statistics from the Enterprise Directorate Analytical Unit