Aim of this survey

The Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey is being used to collect information about the financial and operational performance of businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

What you need to know

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

  • financial performance during the last two weeks, and expectations for the next two weeks, relating to turnover, imports and exports, goods and services, and product prices

  • changes in workforce size and capacity for the last two weeks, and expectations for the next two weeks

You do not need to provide actual data. All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: businesses from various industrial sectors and regions in the UK registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) and/or Pay As You Earn (PAYE)

Population: 2,230,190
Sample: approximately 18,000
Frequency: every two weeks
Dispatch date: every other Monday starting 23 March 2020
Return-by date: every other Thursday starting 26 March 2020

Survey frequency, dispatch and return-by dates are a guide and are being regularly reviewed because of the changing circumstances.

Why we need these data

Information is being used in real-time by decision-makers to identify the strategies needed to respond to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on our economy and society. Your response ensures your industry is represented.

Why you have received this survey

Your information is important to us. We survey businesses of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy.

How to complete this survey

You will have received a letter or email that explains how to complete this survey online. Please use your unique enrolment code to report your information.

Complete this survey online

If you are having any difficulties enrolling, please email us on surveycomments@ons.gov.uk or call us on 0300 303 5948 and provide your company name or email address.

The survey is voluntary; but your co-operation in completing the questionnaire would be appreciated. We understand this may be a challenging time and thank you for your continued support.

How to find out more information

If your question is not answered on this page, you may be able to find the answer in the About ONS business surveys section.