Aim of this survey

We use the Monthly Business Survey (MBS) to collect information on monthly turnover of UK businesses within the production and service sectors.

Your response contributes to Index of Production and Index of Services which are key components of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

What you need to know

To take part, all you need to do is check that you have the information you need to answer the survey questions such as:

  • Value of turnover

  • Changes in turnover

  • Value of grants, funding, donation and investments

  • Value of exports

  • Value of excise duty

  • Number and breakdown of employees

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: businesses from various industrial sectors and regions in the UK

  • Population: approximately 1,450,000

  • Sample: approximately 32,000

  • Frequency: monthly

  • Dispatch date: 23rd

  • Return-by date: 7th

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

Why we need this data

Your business has been selected from a directory of UK businesses which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The MBS 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’ve 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. We select large businesses (those with 100+ employees) for any relevant ONS business surveys because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium 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

Your questionnaire explains how to submit your data using our Telephone Data Entry system. Please use your unique Respondent Identification Number (which will be different each month) and call on 0800 0858163 (+441633 810967 from outside the UK) to report your information.

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 MBS on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

How to find out more information

You can call us on 0300 1234 914 if you need help answering the questions or if you’ve lost your Respondent Identification Number. Please contact us on 0300 1234 921 to receive your questionnaire in Welsh.