Aim of this survey

The Quarterly Welsh Business Survey is used to collect supplementary data for the quarterly Welsh Index of Production, and Welsh Index of Market Services.

The survey is conducted on behalf of the Welsh Government and is used in the production of a series of short-term output indicators, which are used to monitor the performance of the economy in Wales.

What you need to know

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

  • total turnover for your outlets in Wales

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

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

Population: approximately 100,000

Sample: approximately 200

Frequency: quarterly

Dispatch dates

Quarter 1: between 19 and 21 March

Quarter 2: between 19 and 21 June

Quarter 3: between 18 and 20 September

Quarter 4: between 10 and 12 December

Return-by dates

Quarter 1: 5 April

Quarter 2: 5 July

Quarter 3: 4 October

Quarter 4: 3 January

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

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected as a business trading in Wales, which is registered for VAT and/or PAYE, or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The Quarterly Welsh Business 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 or more employees) for any relevant Office for National Statistics (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

Please complete and return the paper 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 but we have developed a secure survey data collection platform and are gradually moving our business surveys online. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the Quarterly Welsh Business Survey on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

If you need help

If your question has not been answered, you may be able to find the answer on the About ONS business surveys page.

You can call us on 0300 1234 921. Please enter the three-digit survey ID 350.

From outside the UK: +441633 810495.

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