Access to FBS Data
The FBS in England is funded by Defra and undertaken by Rural Business Research (RBR), an independent consortium of leading Agricultural Universities and Colleges. The anonymous confidential data collected is available to bona fide researchers and can be obtained via the Economic and Social Data Service, UK Data Archive, University of Essex, who should be the first contact for researchers wishing to access the FBS data.
FBS Benchmarking compare your farm gross margins, profitability, balance sheet and performance measures to average and top performing businesses from the Farm Business Survey.
Region Reports are an easy way to access and download FBS data. Access tables of regional and sector based performance summaries; including cropping and stocking rates, income, costs and balance sheets.
DataBuilder is a specialist tool that allows direct interrogation of FBS data; users can define their own tables providing a unique analysis tool. Aimed at researchers, students and professionals, it has been suggested that Data Builder can carry out analysis in a couple of hours that might once have been the subject of a PhD thesis!
Whilst the anonymous data can be obtained, neither Defra nor other researchers can gain access to participating FBS co-operators (e.g. for further interviews or studies) because FBS co-operators agree to take part on the basis that their identity will always remain confidential. In cases where researchers would like to undertake additional interviews or data collection from FBS Co-operators, this will normally only be possible via an “arms-length” arrangement whereby RBR will undertake the additional data collection in order to retain confidentiality of the co-operator.
Researchers wishing to explore possibilities for additional data collection from FBS co-operators should contact Prof. Paul Wilson Chief Executive of Rural Business Research.