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Statistics on accountancy firm births, deaths and survival

Sources for statistics on accountancy firm births, deaths and survival.

Latest statistics

The National Statistics publication Business Demography provides annual statistics on the number of enterprises that have been born, survived into a second year or closed down.

To view the figures select the latest edition and click on the link 'View all data used in this statistical bulletin.' The figures are published in the following tables:

  • Table 1.2: Count of Births of New Enterprises (SIC 2007)
  • Table 2.2: Count of Deaths of Enterprises (SIC 2007)
  • Table 3.2: Count of Active Enterprises (SIC 2007)

The survival of enterprises established for the last five years is covered in tables 5.2a to 5.2e

The tables show statistics for a number of sectors and you will need to scroll down to the appropriate UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy (6920 in UK SIC 2007).

This publication records the birth and death of both VAT and PAYE based enterprises using the UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy. As such, they would be expected include all firms within this classification - not just the member firms of the CCAB bodies.

Statistics from previous editions of Business Demography can be accessed via the National Archives web site.

Earlier statistics

Statistics for earlier years are available, but care should be taken as the methodology of data collection varied prior to 2008.

The National Statistics publication Business Demography includes figures for 2004-2007 which can be found in the tables under the UK SIC 2003 code of 7412 for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy. The data can be accessed using the reference tables option within older editions of the publication, such as Business Demography 2009. The tables which include the data for 2004-2007 are:

  • Table 1.4: Count of Births of New Enterprises for 2004-2007 (SIC 2003)
  • Table 2.4: Count of Deaths of Enterprises for 2004-2007 (SIC 2003)
  • Table 3.4: Count of Active Enterprises for 2004-2007 (SIC2003)

Business Demography replaced the DTI/BERR/BIS annual publication of ‘VAT registrations and de-registrations’. The datasets available for VAT registrations cover the period from 1980 to 2007 and can be accessed through the UK Government webarchive of VAT registrations and de-registrations although figures for accountancy firms are not available in isolation.

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