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Geographical Analysis - Further Guidance

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Converting UK Post codes to ABC Geographical regions

If you are completing a Geographical Analysis showing UK Counties or UK Regions, you must analyse copies according to ABC standard regions. The following notes provide guidance on analysing your mailing list and translating postcodes on that list to ABC regions.

To do this most simply, you may use a conversion file supplied by BPH Data which allows you to directly convert Post Codes to ABC County name and ABC Region name.

Alternatively you will need to follow a two-stage process:

1) Post Codes to Royal Mail County Name: If you have a license to analyse Royal Mail postcode data, then you should be able to produce an appropriate conversion file.

2) Royal Mail County Names to ABC Format: This can be done using the ABC County conversion file (click here). This file lists the Royal Mail County name against the ABC County name and ABC Region name.

ABC classification of countries

We base the countries that you can analyse on a geographical analysis on the list maintained by the United Nations Statistical Division – click here to view

Our eReturns system is pre-populated from this source, meaning you only have to enter the data against the appropriate country line. 

ABC classification of world regions

If you wish to report world regions on your geographical analysis, you must use the following ABC standard regions:

Europe

North America

Central & South America

Australisia & Pacific

Asia

SE Asia & Pacific Rim

Africa

Middle East & North Africa

We base the countries that make up these regions on the list maintained by the United Nations Statistical Division resource – click here to view.

Our eReturns system is pre-populated from this source, meaning you only have to enter the data against the appropriate country or region.