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Business Survival Rates

Please note: this publication will not be repeated. Users are advised to look at the more comprehensive picture of business survival rates included in the new Office for National Statistics Business Demography publication, which includes births, deaths and survival rates available here.

The DTI uses VAT registration and de-registration data to estimate the survival rates of new businesses. Enterprises that register for VAT are tracked until they de-register, and the survival rate is the percentage that are still registered at a certain point in time.

Survival rates of VAT-registered enterprises: key results paper ( 160 kB – published February 2007, URN 07/693). The paper is also available in HTML format.

This paper contains “headline” figures on the survival rates of UK enterprises registering for VAT between 1995 and 2004. It also compares survival rates across regions, sectors, rural/urban areas and deprivation quintiles.

Survival rates of VAT-registered enterprises: data tables ( 1017 kB – Revised to include North Tyneside - 19 February 2007)

Data tables giving survival rates of enterprises registering for VAT between 1995 and 2004 for each local authority/council area/district council area and each industry sector (1-digit SIC) in the UK, by Rural and Urban Area Classification for each region in England and Wales and by Index of Multiple Deprivation quintile for each region in England.

A guidance note explaining the methodology of the 1995 to 2004 series is also available ( 240 kB - published February 2007). The guidance is also available in HTML format.

For further information on these statistics please contact [email protected]

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