Trinidad and Tobago Business Establishments

Trinidad and Tobago Business Establishments Statistics

Annual series that provides national and regional data on the distribution of establishments by size and industry.

Identification of Business units

Information about units must be available and sufficiently detailed to define the statistical units and to determine their activity classification. The principle or main activity is classified using ISIC Rev. 4 , an international standard classification of economic activities arranged so that entities can be classified and grouped according to the kind of activity they carry out.


An establishment is an enterprise or part of an enterprise that is situated in a single location and in which only a single productive activity is carried out or in which the principal productive activity accounts for most of the value-added.


An enterprise is a firm or a combination of firms that engages in economic activities which are classified into multiple industries. An enterprise may be a corporation (or quasi-corporation), a non-profit institution or an un-incorporated enterprise.


 A firm is an establishment or a combination of establishments in which all fall under the same ownership. Most businesses are single-establishment firms. A firm may have multiple locations and multiple industries.

The 2018 Statistics on Business Establishments counted 26046 establishments operating in Trinidad and Tobago, of which 4317 were located in the capital city of Port of Spain.

Tables and Figures

Tabulated data by geographic area, industry, and establishment size downloadable in spreadsheet format.

STATISTICS – Business Counts

The counts are compiled from the CSO Business Register, a central listing of Trinidad and Tobago establishments. Each operating location is separately counted, including cases where firms may divide one location into two or more establishments.

By Size

Number of Business Establishments by Employment Size and Industry (ISIC Rev.4)





Custom tabulations of business establishments are available upon request. Such tabulations are prepared on a fee-for-service basis. Data in these tabulations are summaries subject to the same rules prohibiting disclosure of confidential company-specific information.

Data Request

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The establishment survey covers primarily business establishments, but also includes government agencies, non-profits, and most other entities that employ workers for a wage.
Our surveys often only cover a subset of all establishments in an industry, normally those above a certain size limit within their industry. Feedback from establishment surveys facilitates the compilation of estimates of GDP and is also the vital mechanism for updating the Statistical Business Register as it provides information on changes in contact address, changes in the economic stratification characteristics, such as activity and size as well as provide information on business deaths, etc.

Are you a business or organisation operating in Trinidad and Tobago?

Take part in our Annual Survey of Establishments by answering the questionnaire provided to you, and help us define our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Need help filling out the survey? No problem.

The friendly staff at the CSO are ready to assist you. Contact the Business Surveys Section at 625-3891 or

623-7044, Monday to Friday 8am to 4:00pm.

Using Official Statistics for SDGs

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  • 8.10.1 (a) Number of commercial bank branches per 100,000 adults and (b) number of automated teller machines (ATMs) per 100,000 adults
  • 9.3.1 Proportion of small-scale industries in total industry value added
  • 9.b.1 Proportion of medium and high-tech industry value added in total value added
  • 11.5.2 Direct economic loss in relation to global GDP, damage to critical infrastructure and number of disruptions to basic services, attributed to disasters
  • 11.a.1 Number of countries that have national urban policies or regional development plans that (a) respond to population dynamics; (b) ensure balanced territorial development; and (c) increase local fiscal space
  • 11.c.1 Proportion of financial support to the least developed countries that is allocated to the construction and retrofitting of sustainable, resilient and resource-efficient buildings utilizing local materials

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