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Sources for statistics on accountancy firms by location

Sources for statistics on accountancy firms by location.

Firms by region

United Kingdom: All firms

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publication UK Business: Size, Activity and Location provides annual statistics on the number of firms in various groups based on their location (North East, North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, East Midlands, West Midlands, East of England, London, South East, South West, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland).

The latest statistics for UK Business: Size, Activity and Location are available from the ONS. Data from previous releases can be accessed via the National Archives web site. If comparing figures from different releases, please note that various changes have been made to the coverage of businesses over the years. See the publication's methodology for details.

2014+

The figures for accountancy firms are published in dataset 'Enterprise/local units by 4 Digit SIC and UK Regions'. The table shows statistics for a number of sectors and you will need to scroll right to find the appropriate UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy (6920 in UK SIC 2007).

These statistics record both VAT and PAYE based enterprises using the UK SIC code for accounting, book-keeping and auditing activities; tax consultancy. As such, they include all firms with this classification - not just the member firms of the CCAB bodies.

2008-2013

The figures for accountancy firms are published in Table B3.4: United Kingdom - Number of VAT and/or PAYE based enterprises in all industries by age of government office region. The table shows 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 (7412 in UK SIC 2003 - as used in the 2008 publication, 6920 in UK SIC 2007 - as used from the 2009 publication onwards).

1998-2007

Older editions of this publication are also available but it should be noted that the 2008 publication was 'the first to include businesses based on PAYE employers that are not also registered for VAT, extending the scope from the previous VAT-based tables.' This means that the figures from earlier editions cannot be compared directly with the 2008 edition or any subsequent editions.

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