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Business Enterprise Research and Development (BERD)

Estimates of businesses' expenditure and employment relating to research and development performed in Great Britain.

Business Enterprise Research and Development (BERD) provides information on:

  • expenditure on research and development (R&D) performed by UK businesses
  • the source of funding for this R&D work
  • the employment of people working on R&D

The survey is conducted to provide estimates of overall R&D in the UK business sector, and to allow comparisons of the UK results with other countries. The estimates are used by policymakers in the UK and are presented in EU aggregates of R&D. They are perceived as an important determinant of economic growth.

This dataset is for England, Wales and Scotland only.

Read more about the methodology in the Quality and Methodology Information on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website (opens in a new tab) 


BERD, business, expenditure, innovation, research and development