Aim of this survey

The Mergers and Acquisitions Surveys (M&A) UK companies involve five separate surveys collecting information on the timing, value and method of funding of mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving UK companies. This information is then used to monitor the changes of company ownership in the UK and to measure the level of investment between the UK and the rest of the world. The survey also forms an input into the compilation of the capital account of the UK Balance of Payments.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • formal press release(s) announcing the terms and details of the acquisition

  • scheme offer document or tender document (if applicable)

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK trading businesses registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

Population: the whole of the UK economy

Frequency: quarterly

Dispatch dates

Dispatched throughout each calendar quarter (January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December).

Return-by dates

Three weeks from the date of dispatch.

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been identified as recently having undertaken an acquisition or merger of shares and/or assets of a foreign company. Your response ensures that we represent your business within the data that measure mergers and acquisitions activity between the UK and the rest of the world.

The Acquisitions of Foreign Companies, Shares and Assets by UK Companies Survey is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

Why you have received this survey

We survey businesses of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy. We select large businesses (those with 100 and over employees) for any relevant Office for National Statistics (ONS) business surveys because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium-sized businesses, usually for a set period of time, then replace them with other businesses from their industry. They are very important to us as their trading patterns are often very different to large businesses.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment, this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Acquisitions of Foreign Companies, Shares and Assets by UK Companies Survey on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

How to find out more information

You can call us on +44 (0)1633 456223 or +44 (0)1633 651712. Please contact us on +44 (0)300 1234 921 if you would like to speak to someone in Welsh.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg: +44 (0)300 1234 921