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

Information about employment is also collected quarterly.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) additional guidance:

  • Exclude furlough payments in turnover figures.
  • Include furloughed staff in employee figures.
  • Explain your figures in the comments section to help us understand any changes; this will help us to interpret the changes within your industry.

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 of each month

Return-by date

7th of each month

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 letter explains how to complete this survey online. Please use your unique enrolment code to report your information.

Complete this survey online

How to find out more information

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

You can call us on 0300 1234 931. Please enter the three digit survey ID 009.

From outside the UK: +441633 810495.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg (to speak to someone in Welsh): 0300 1234 921.