Aim of this survey

The Business Insights and Conditions Survey is being used to collect real-time information on issues impacting your business and the economy. Questions are being updated regularly to reflect important topics, such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts and the end of the EU transition period.

What you need to know

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

  • Trading status of your business
  • Turnover and profits
  • Exporting and importing
  • Supply chains
  • Prices of materials, goods and services
  • Stock
  • Access to financial support
  • Operational performance

This survey is refreshed every two weeks and the above listed information may change based upon latest requirements. To avoid losing data, please submit by the return date and before the next fortnightly survey is published.

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: 2,281,179
Sample: approximately 39,000
Frequency: every two weeks
Dispatch date: every other Monday (for example 22 February 2021)
Return-by date: every other Sunday (for example 7 March 2021)

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 issues, such as 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 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.