Spending and numbers employed on research and development by businesses in the UK, including data on sources of funds and regional spread.



The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Changes to this release date

  • Previous date:
    17 November 2022 09:30
    Reason for change:
    The Business enterprise research and development 2021 and the Gross domestic expenditure on research and development 2020 statistical bulletins originally scheduled for publication tomorrow, Thursday 17 November, will now be published at 09:30 on Tuesday 22 November. This will enable further quality assurance and ensure consistency across the datasets We apologise for any inconvenience caused.