An establishment or business register is a mechanism for recording selected information pertaining to establishments or businesses in a country or area. National business registers are often maintained by a public entity in accordance with national legislation. The business register contains current information on the number of registered businesses and may include key information about the business such as its legal form, headquarters, capital, and legal representatives. Business registers differ from one another in terms of their content, updating 247 frequency, legal checks, legal value of the registered information, and the ability to access documents. They can provide a sampling frame for the selection of establishments, for example, for employment-based establishment surveys.

For more information, refer to the Quick Guide on Sources and Uses of Labour Statistics.

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