Use our industry guide to find key background information, market research, import and export guidelines, statistics, legislation, trade bodies and trade publications.
The Business & Industry Guides series is produced by the Library & Information Service for ICAEW members and ACA students.
We can compile tailored key players reports, mailing lists, market reports, benchmarking reports and industry news. Our enquiry team can also research other industry-specific information, such as taxation, for you. Call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trends and forecasts
The library provides full access to articles from leading business, finance and management journals.
Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Online industry profiles and reports available exclusively for members and ACA students through the Library & Information Service give an overview of market size, competitive landscape and provide a forecast of market performance.
SWOT analyses examining the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for major companies operating in this sector are available.
Other market research
Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.
A full listing of reference products and research reports for the transportation sector from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.
Business and industry research specialists offering reports on a wide range of sectors, including motor vehicle manufacturing and urban or suburban bus and tramway operations. Report snapshots, table of contents and a sample report are available. The company also produces global industry research reports.
Reports from market intelligence provider Mintel on the transport market. A summary and a table of contents are available.
Need to find the latest news on this industry sector? We can carry out industry news searches using a range of trade titles and general business sources through our databases. To discuss your requirements, please contact the enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at email@example.com.
Statistics on the UK
Confederation of Passenger Transport UK
The Confederation of Passenger Transport compiles an annual cost index that tracks changes in bus and coach industry costs.
Department for Transport
The Department for Transport produces data on public transport, including bus statistics, giving data on usage, passenger numbers and punctuality.
Office for National Statistics
The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:
- number of enterprises;
- total turnover;
- approximate gross value added at basic prices;
- total purchases of goods, materials and services;
- total employment – average during the year;
- total employment costs;
- total net capital expenditure;
- total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
- total net capital expenditure – disposals;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
- total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:
- Other passenger land transport (49.3)
See Section H: Transport and storage
Statistics on Europe
Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:
- number of enterprises
- turnover or gross premiums written
- production value
- value added at factor cost
- gross operating surplus
- wages and salaries
- social security costs
- gross investment in tangible goods
- gross investment in land
- gross investment in existing buildings and structures
- gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
- gross investment in machinery and equipment
- number of employees
- number of persons employed per enterprise.
Statistics within the database are available for:
- Other passenger land transport (H493)
See database section ‘SBS – services’
Eurostat also compiles a range of data on transport in the EU including the modal split of passenger transport with numbers for motor coaches, buses and trolley buses.
The OECD compiles annual figures on inland passenger transport by bus and coach for member and selected non-member countries.
UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)
The UN compiles and publishes international import and export statistics in the Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade), giving figures for goods traded by value, quantity and weight for each country.
Statistics are available for:
- Vehicles other than railway, tramway (87)
UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database
The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.
Figures are available for:
- Public-transport type passenger motor vehicles (49)
Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.
The data includes average employment costs for bus and coach drivers.
Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.
Legislation and regulation
Gov.uk offers guidance for driving and transport businesses, including information on:
- Driver CPC for lorry, bus and coach drivers
- employing people to drive
- PSV (Public Service Vehicle) operator licences
- running a local bus service.
- running international bus or coach services and tours.
The Department for Transport has a section on its website about access for disabled people to buses and coaches which explains its position and includes links to legislation.
Import and export
The Trade Tariff is a useful Gov.uk database listing tax, duties and licenses for the import and export of goods between the UK and other countries. The database is searchable by product or commodity code and results can be filtered by date and country. Information also includes links to relevant conditions and regulations.
See import and export information for:
UK business guides
Atom Content Marketing guides
The Start Up Donut from Atom Content Marketing provides practical information on starting up and running a number of small business types. Guides cover a range of areas including market research, current trends, regulations, products and services, promotion and pricing. They include:
UK key players, ratios and trends
We can produce reports on this sector using selected information from the FAME company database. Reports are available for:
- Urban, suburban or metropolitan area passenger land transport other than railway transportation by underground, metro and similar systems (combined with other passenger land transport)
UK SIC (2007) Code 49.31/9 and UK SIC (2007) Code 49.49
Summaries of the three types of report we can produce are given below. You can find further information, a sample report, pricing details and an online order form on our industry sector reports page.
We also operate a bespoke reports service with results tailored to your specifications. Please contact our enquiry team on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements.
Key players report
Our key players report looks at the top companies (by turnover) in any one of the segments within this sector. Reports usually include the top 100 companies but in more specialised sectors with fewer than 100 companies we show all companies with disclosed figures. The reports provide data on 11 comparative fields for the last available year, including:
- profit margins;
- returns on shareholder funds;
- solvency ratios
- number of employees.
Our reports enable easy comparison of the top companies in this sector against each other and against the sector median, average and standard deviation in each of the 11 fields.
A separate mailing list report is also available with address and contact details for the top companies in any of the segments within this sector.
Our market reports look at the aggregated data for the top companies (by turnover) for any of the segments within this sector across all the fields usually found in a company report. The reports include data for the last 10 years* and enables easy comparison of trends for the whole sector. Reports usually include the top 100 companies but in more specialised sectors with fewer than 100 companies we show all companies with disclosed figures.
*Please note the number of companies for which data is aggregated will vary for any given year.
The market reports include sections on:
- key financials and employees;
- profit and loss account;
- balance sheet;
- cash flow statement;
- financial ratios;
- financial trends and changes;
- profitability trends and changes.
We offer benchmarking reports that can be used to inform your own business strategy or help you identify value-added services to offer to your clients.
Contact the enquiry team directly on +44 (0)20 7920 8620 or at email@example.com for a report tailored to your own specific requirements.
Trade journals and publications
Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.
The websites of trade bodies in this sector are a useful source of industry overviews, contacts and statistics.
- Association of Transport Coordinating Officers
- Community Transport Association
- Confederation of Passenger Transport UK
- The Guild of British Coach Operators
- Federation of Passenger Transport Northern Ireland
- Omnibus Society
- Urban Transport Group
- Bundesverband Deutscher Omnibusunternehmer (German Bus and Coach Operators Federation)
- Magyar Utazásszervezok és Utazásközvetítok Szövetsége (Association of Hungarian Travel Agents and Tour Operators)
- Svenska Bussbranschens Riksförbund (Swedish Bus and Coach Federation)
- Bus and Coach Association New South Wales
- Bus and Coach Association (South Australia)
- Bus and Coach Association (NZ)
- Bus Association Victoria
- Bus Industry Confederation (Australia)
- Queensland Bus Industry Council
- Tasmanian Bus Association
Articles and books in the Library collection
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You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post or email through our document supply service.
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