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Forestry Statistics 2016 - Employment & Businesses

VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses

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Table 7.5 shows the number of VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses classified under forestry and primary wood processing. The headings shown potentially include businesses not traditionally regarded as forestry or primary wood processing, and some businesses traditionally included in forestry and primary wood processing are excluded as they are classified to other headings of the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC).

A total of 3,925 forestry businesses, 555 sawmilling businesses, 125 wood-based panel businesses and 230 pulp & paper businesses were registered for VAT and/or PAYE purposes in the UK in 2015.

There has been an overall increase in forestry businesses over the last ten years, whilst sawmilling and pulp and paper businesses have declined.

Table 7.5 Number1 of VAT and/or PAYE registered businesses by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)2, 2006-2015

Year

Forestry

Sawmilling

Panels

Pulp & paper

2006

2 585

735

130

275

2007

2 645

700

115

260

2008

3 020

730

140

310

2009

3 100

685

130

270

2010 

3 095

640

135

255

2011 

3 170

605

135

250

2012

3 375

585

135

255

2013

3 505

560

130

240

2014

3 685

555

130

230

2015

3 925

555

125

230

Source: UK Business: Activity, Size and Location (Office for National Statistics, October 2015).

Notes:

1. All figures are rounded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to the nearest multiple of 5.

2. Categories are based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) categories. 2006-2008 data are based on SIC 2003; 2009-2015 data are based on SIC 2007. Given the changes in classifications, the time series may not be fully consistent. Further details on the SIC codes used are provided in the Sources: Employment and businesses page.

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