There are UK-wide statistical user groups and communities within the business statistics theme as set out below. If you would like more information on these groups, please contact us by telephone on 0300 244 6802 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Business Survey (ABS) User Group
Scottish Annual Business Statistics is based on data from the Annual Business Survey (ABS) conducted by the Office for National Statistics. The ABS User Group meets a minimum of two times a year around March and September. Minutes and papers from previous ABS user group meetings are available on the ONS website at:
Business Population and Demographics Statistics (BPDS) User Group
The Business Population and Demographics Statistics (BPDS) User Group has been created as a forum where users and producers can meet to share information and discuss relevant issues regarding the main National Statistics Business Population and Demographics Statistics publications. Minutes and papers from previous ABS user group meetings are available on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills website at:
Business Statistics Community on StatsUserNet
StatsUserNet is the Royal Statistical Society’s interactive site for users of official statistics. It enables you to join on-line communities for your areas of interest. Register by clicking ‘Log in or sign up’ at http://www.statsusernet.org.uk/Home/, locate the ‘Business Statistics’ community through the ‘Communities’ menu, and click join.
United Kingdom Statistics Authority Assessments
In 2012, Business and Research & Development Statistics produced by the Scottish Government were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority for compliance against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. Details of the assessment are available at:
Assessment Report 189 - Statistics on Scottish Businesses and Research and Development (96.4 Kb, Pdf document)
Assessments have also been carried out for the following statistical publications produced by UK government departments:
Assessment Report 180 - Statistics from the Annual Business Survey (126.8 Kb, Pdf document)
Assessment Report 187 - Statistics on UK Business Population and Demography (118 Kb, Pdf document)
Assessment Report 218 - Statistics on Research and Development (104.6 Kb, Pdf document)