Aim of this survey

The aim of the UK Innovation Survey (UKIS) is to collect data from businesses about various aspects of their innovation-related activities. Using these data we can measure the level, types and trends in innovation.

What you need to know

The UKIS data are a major source of evidence to inform government policy. They are used to promote innovation activities among businesses to boost economic growth. They are an important contribution to the European-wide Community Innovation Survey (CIS). The CIS is used for international benchmarking and comparison purposes.

The UKIS is conducted on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The information feeds into the Community Innovation Survey (CIS).

The survey is voluntary; but your co-operation in completing the questionnaire would be appreciated. To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • business strategy and practices

  • innovation activities

  • context for innovation

  • general economic information

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

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

Population: 206,000

Sample: 32,000

Frequency: biennial

Dispatch date

End of February 2021

Return-by date

Middle of April 2021

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

Why you were selected

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

How to complete this survey

Your letter explains how to submit your data using our online collection system. Please use your unique enrolment code to report your information.

Complete this survey online

If you need help

You can call us on 0300 1234 931. Please enter the three-digit survey ID 144.

From outside the UK: +441633 810495.

If you would like to speak to someone in Welsh: 0300 1234 921.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg: 0300 1234 921.