Robust analysis requires high quality data and one of the Enterprise Research Centre’s goals is to enable better exploitation of existing data on SME’s and support the development of new data sources. This page provides links to a range of data sources used in ERC analysis.

Firm level micro-data on the Secure Data Service

Much ERC analysis is based on firm-level micro-data accessed via a team project on the UK Data Service’s Secure Lab. This project area includes integrated data from the Business Structure Database (BSD), the Community Innovation Survey (CIS), and the Annual Business Survey (ABS) as well as cross-sectional datasets such as the Employer Skills Survey 2011. By linking these data-sets together and cross tabulating them for the first time, we can explore a wider variety of indices on firm characteristics and undertake longitudinal analyses to produce a more composite view of SME growth. Our longer term aim is to widen the number of data sources available to the Centre’s researchers and we are actively working with third parties to do so.

You can read more about all the data sources we routinely use. Click here to download our ERC Data Resource Guide.

We are keen to encourage research use of these datasets. If you are interested in having access to the ERC’s data project please contact either Mark Hart ([email protected]) or Stephen Roper ([email protected]).

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