Broad Economy Sales and Exports Statistics (BESES) User Consultation

Closed 11 Jun 2021

Opened 18 May 2021


The Broad Economy Sales and Exports Statistics (BESES) is an experimental annual measure of local businesses’ sales to markets outside Northern Ireland (NI).

BESES data is gathered through the Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry and has been running since 2011 with the first publication being released in 2015 (referring to survey years 2011 and 2012).

The breadth and depth of NI trade statistics currently available via the BESES vastly exceeds those available prior to 2015. NISRA has engaged extensively with expert users of NI economic statistics whose views have already helped to inform the current approach and have been vital in the ongoing development of the BESES.

The statistics will remain experimental until user feedback indicates that they are useful and credible. These statistics are scheduled for a review by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) during 2021 with a view to attaining National Statistics accreditation.

More information on the BESES can be found on the NISRA website.

Why your views matter

As part of our continuous development and engagement with stakeholders we are seeking your views to ensure we provide data to meet your needs and gain a greater understanding of how the BESES is being used and identify areas for improvement.

This consultation should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and the link to access the survey can be found below.

Responses may be made public on the NISRA website but will be anonymised so that they cannot be attributed to an individual.

Please be assured that your personal information will be handled in accordance with NISRA's Privacy Notice.

What happens next

Thank you for your feedback. This consultation has now closed.

Your views will be incorporated into the ongoing development of the BESES where feasible to do so and resources permit.


  • All stakeholders
  • Business
  • Government Department
  • Local Government
  • Statutory Body
  • Private Sector
  • Research


  • NI