Links to websites outside the Scottish Government
Please note that when accessing the following links you will leave the Scottish Government website. The Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this website.
UK and Regional Annual Business Survey - For 2017 (this is now a joint ONS National & Regional publication)
Regional Annual Business Survey - For Regional releases - Up to 2016 provisional
(data for 2016 has since been revised, see top link above)
UK Annual Business Survey - For National releases - Up to 2017 provisional
(data for 2017 has since been revised, see top link above)
UK and Regional Annual Business Inquiry - Up to 2008
Four links above cover - UK and Regional Annual Business Survey (formerly Annual Business Inquiry) statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics.
Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)
Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES) data and sampling errors are produced by the Office for National Statistics at a UK and regional level.
Please see headings Other Sources of Economic and Business Statistics & Total Employees/Employment and Per Head variables in Methodology & Notes for information on how BRES is used in Scottish Annual Business Statistics publication.
Secure Research Service (SRS) - formerly known as Virtual Microdata Laboratory (VML)
The Secure Research Service (SRS) is an Office for National Statistics (ONS) facility for providing secure access to sensitive detailed data for statistical research purposes that serve the public good. Access is provided for Approved Researchers working on defined and approved projects. Available data sources include business surveys, earnings data, social surveys and Census samples. SRS data can’t be downloaded, but users can access the data at their desk if they are part of a government organisation (subject to connection criteria being met), or in an ONS approved Safe Setting if not. Safe Settings are located in London, Newport (Gwent), Titchfield as well as locations in Belfast and Glasgow.
UK Data Service
The UK Data Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students and teachers from all sectors, including academia, central and local government, charities and foundations, independent research centres, think tanks, and business consultants and the commercial sector. The UK Data Service collection includes major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data, and qualitative data.
UK Creative Industries data sourced to DCMS
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) publishes UK and Regional Creative Industries data. Please note that there are some methodology differences between DCMS publication and Scottish Creative Industries data published in Scottish Government's Growth Sector Statistics Database. The Growth Sector definition is based on specific analysis of the Creative Industries in Scotland.