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Researching Regional Intelligence: UK Regional Data

The John Rylands Univesity Library  subscribes to a range of data sources providing national economic and socio-demographic data. Databases such as GMID (Global Market Information Database), ESDS International, Global Insights and Global Financial data provide a wealth of datasets providing a valuable insight into economic and social trends from a country perspective. Regional data can, however, be a little trickier to find but there are many freely available sources you can use to research UK regional data.

Regional Trends: Office of National Statistics
Regional Trends in a comprehensive annual publication collated by the Office of National Statistics (the UK Government Statistical Office) and is the most authoritative publication for regional data. It provides detailed demographic, social, industrial and economic statistics for the sub-regions of the UK (economy, education, environment, health, housing, labour, lifestyles, population, transport and crime).   Selecting either the latest online or pdf report provides interactive access to related analysis and datasets. Navigating the data can be confusing, see the following videos demonstrate three key ways to finding data:

ONS Neighbourhood Statistics
You can drill even further for local data using the Office of National Statistics Neighbourhood statistics site. This site provides an ever increasing range of small area data allowing you to paint a picture of life in local communities. It is possible to locate detailed data using the “Area search” (enter an area name or a postcode) or a snapshot using the “Neighbourhood Summary” search. Don’t know the postcode or area name? use the “Topic Search” to find predefined interactive datasets by theme.  As local data is more difficult to research and obtain much of the data is sourced from the UK Census (taken every 10 years) although recent data is available depending on the dataset.  Note: using this website does require some knowledge of local authority/ward area names or postcode areas and you may need to do a little preparatory work to identify your area before searching.

Regional Development Agencies (RDAs)
RDAs are regional government bodies established to encourage regional growth and investment. They generally have research units, (eg North West Development Agency’s North West Regional Intelligence Unit),  collating facts and figures for the region which are published on their websites, (where on the website will vary but look for links to publications, economic statistics, research and statistics, economic strategy under various headings). It may take a little time to find but can be worth the effort!

UK City Councils: Economic Development Units
Finally another way of finding local regional data is to try the local City or Borough Council. Most councils will produce an economic strategy or have an Economic Development Unit collating local area statistics, (an example is Manchester City Council’s Corporate Research & Intelligence Unit). Note: This can be a more time consuming route as you need to consult each individual website, the layout of which will vary from council to council and it is not always guaranteed data will be published online. Details of UK councils can be found online from the UK Government website.

Knowing where to start to find high quality data from external websites can be a daunting task, why not try our Delicious page providing details of useful web sites evaluated by our expert staff. You can access the site via the MBS Library Website or directly via http://www.delicious.com/mbslibrary.  Alternatively contact us and speak to a member of our expert team who can help and advise you find relevant resources for your research:

Telephone: 0161 275 6507
Email: libdesk@mbs.ac.uk

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  1. markgreenwood
    2 September 2013 at 11:02 pm

    UK Census statistics and resources from the British Library social science blog – http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/socialscience/2013/01/census-statistics-and-resources.html

  1. 11 April 2011 at 3:52 pm

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