Business types

We often get asked how to categorise businesses in the UK.
This list seems the best way:

  1. Agriculture, forestry and fishing (cultivation of land or animals)
  2. Arts, sports and recreation (includes leisure and culture facilities and services)
  3. Catering and accommodation (includes hotels, hostels, cafes, bars, restaurants and take-away)
  4. Construction (building and civil engineering works)
  5. Education (includes teaching, training and instruction)
  6. Health and social care services (includes medical practice, complimentary therapies and residential or day care)
  7. IT and telecommunications services (includes training, publishing, repair and consultancy)
  8. Manufacturing (production of goods for sale)
  9. Media and creative services (includes production, distribution broadcasting and publishing)
  10. Mining, energy and utilities (extraction of metals, oil, and gas, and the supply of electricity, gas and water supply)
  11. Personal services (includes cosmetic, domestic and spiritual activities)
  12. Professional and business services (includes financial, legal, real estate, office and advertising activities)
  13. Retail, hire and repair (the sale, rental and restoration of goods)
  14. Wholesale (the sale of goods in large quantities for resale by retailers)

Hope this helps!