The following is an extract from the monthly Barometer press release issued by the University on Tuesday 26th October 2005.

One in five say business hit by yob culture

One in five of the businesses that responded to the September survey said that 'yob culture' has had a significant impact on their business.

Just over one-fifth of respondents to The UK Business Barometer said the growth of yob culture, as reported in the media, was reflected in their own experiences and affected their business highly or quite highly whilst one-third of the respondents (35 per cent) said that yob culture did not have any effect at all on their ability to trade.

Many are not reporting crimes to police.

Businesses are frequently targeted by criminals but there can be disincentives to reporting crimes, for example, the time taken to do so and the costs of future insurance premia. In the September survey, almost one-third (29 per cent) admitted they had decided against calling the police.

Sporting success enthuses workers.

The recent survey also quizzed businesses on whether the mood of the nation following major sporting success translates into the workplace. The recent England success in the Ashes cricket series sparked much discussion and celebration around the country and 49 per cent of respondents felt that national sporting success makes for a more enthusiastic and positive attitude to work. In contrast, 28 per cent thought it made no difference at all.

Both businesses and advisers have their say on graduates as entrepreneurs

Small businesses were asked for their perceptions of whether recent graduates make promising entrepreneurs and the same question was posed to business advisers. There was broad agreement between the two communities with 51 per cent from UKBB and 46 per cent of UKBAB saying they were average, while 12 per cent of UKBB respondents felt they would make promising entrepreneurs. Thirty-seven per cent believed they would be unpromising or very unpromising.

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