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Release: Annual Business Survey, 2011 Provisional Regional Results

Released: 25 July 2013


Heather Bovill

Business Outputs and Developments Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455107

Categories: Business and Energy, Production Industries, Primary Production, Manufacturing, Energy Production and Consumption, Water and Sewage, Building and Construction, Services, Retail and Distribution, Business Services, Creative and Leisure Activities, Personal Services

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): Annual Business Survey (ABS), Business Register and Employment Survey (BRES)

  • In 2011, the income generated by businesses in the UK Business Economy, less the cost of goods and services used to create this income was estimated to be £977.4 billion. This amount represents the approximate Gross Value Added at basic prices (aGVA).

  • Between 2010 and 2011, aGVA recorded a rise of 5.8% (£53.8 billion). This annual increase is a continuation of the recovery seen between 2009 and 2010; taking aGVA above the level seen in 2008, at the start of the recession.

  • All regions other than the South West saw growth in aGVA between 2010 and 2011, with London, Scotland and the South East contributing most to overall growth.

  • The sub-national picture remains mixed with only 6 out of 12 regions having aGVA above 2008 pre-recession levels.

  • This release includes sizeable revisions to the provisional 2010 Regional results. At the UK Business Economy level aGVA was revised downwards by 1.6% (£14.7 billion). Revisions were driven by changes within the Insurance and Reinsurance sector where a small number of businesses had been returning global figures rather than UK only. Any comparison of results with years prior to 2010 should be undertaken with caution, particularly for Financial and Insurance activities (Section K) and in Scotland.

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) collects financial information for about two thirds of the UK economy, covering agriculture (part), forestry and fishing; production; construction; motor trades; wholesale; retail; catering and accommodation; property; service trades. The financial variables covered include turnover, purchases, employment costs, capital expenditure and stocks. Approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA) is calculated as an input into the measurement of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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