Statistical Business Registers (SBR)

Over the last decade, the growing demand for better and more detailed business statistics has put focus on statistical business registers (SBRs) and their role in the production of business statistics. While traditionally the primary role of SBRs has been to provide sample frames for business statistics, SBRs today often include more information so that they can be used in their own right as a source of business statistics. SBRs have also proved to be central for NSOs’ efforts to reduce response burden and utilise administrative data sources.



ESCAP Committee on Statistics endorsed the Regional Programme for the Improvement of Economic Statistics (RPES) and the Core Set of Economic Statistics, which together focus on improvement of basic economic statistics and are closely linked to the global implementation of the 2008 SNA; the principal framework integrating economic statistics.

The development of business registers is one of the key components in the Regional Programme, with one of the outputs being ‘increased availability of appropriate and properly maintained business registers in NSSs’ under the infrastructure development. Additionally, the Steering Group of the RPES at its third meeting in October 2013 identified the development of SBRs as one of the priority areas under the RPES.

The statistical business register (SBR) plays an essential role in the construction and maintenance of an integrated economic information system serving multiple purposes. One of its objectives is to provide quality data needed for the compilation of national accounts indicators. In simple words the SBR is a list of businesses engaged in the production of goods and services. Such an instrument plays a key role in defining the sampling frame for business surveys, as well as serving other purposes such as business demographic statistics, and statistics on the installed productive base, with breakdowns by size, economic activity and geographic characteristics.

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Resources on Statistical Business Registers (SBR) 

Guidelines on Statistical Business Registers 
UNECE | 2015 | 339 Pages 

This is a set of international guidelines and recommendations of good practices on SBRs to help countries in developing and maintaining their SBRs. The Guidelines have been prepared by the Task Force on Guidelines on Statistical Business Registers under UNECE and were approved by the Conference of European Statisticians at its sixty-third session in June 2015.

Business registers: Recommendations manual (Eurostat)
Eurostat | 2010 | 350 Pages

This Manual aims to explain the reasoning behind the provisions of the Regulation. It aims to provide the extra information required for the correct and consistent interpretation of the Regulation in all countries. It is very much focused on the harmonization of SBRs among EU member states.

Guidelines for Building Statistical Business Registers in Africa 
African Development Bank | 2014 | 162 Pages

This Guidelines to provide a general background to the need for an SBR and the concepts on which it is based, a description of the functions of an SBR, detailed information on SBR development and implementation; and a starting point for harmonization of SBRs across African NSOs.

Pacific Business Register Development Guide (SPC)
Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Australian Bureau of Statistics | 2014 | 42 Pages

This is a broad guide to assist the development and improvement of business registers in national statistical offices (NSOs) in PICTs, to ensure that: a) development progresses according to global best practice; and b) development occurs consistently and harmoniously within the Pacific region toallow better statistical comparability across borders and future cooperation between NSOs in the region. 

Manual on Statistical Business Registers in the Andean Community | Spanish only
Secretaría General de la Comunidad Andina | 2010 | 88 Pages

This manual aimed to harmonize develop and harmonize of the directories statistical business in the Andean Community.

Compendium of Technical Recommendations and Best Practices for Preparing Directories of Enterprises and Establishments 
ECLAC | 2013 | 35 Pages

The general purpose of the compendium is to present, in a systematized way, the common framework of shared concepts and definitions and the set of technical recommendations and best practices identified for the creation, updating and ongoing improvement of directories of enterprises and establishments.