University of Nottingham (c)2005

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Survey BB104 January 2007 :

The first survey of 2007 looks at the supplier/customer relationship, starting a business and familiarity with WiFi. Your view is also sought on school leavers and graduates and the value they bring to business.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1In general, when choosing and working with your suppliers, how long term is your view of the relationship with your business?
Q2Over and above agreed delivery dates and terms and conditions of payment, are there other formal conditions placed upon that relationship (eg. quality control)?
Q3Do you review your supplier’s fulfilment of these conditions on a regular basis?
Q4In the last twelve months, have you had to terminate your relationship with any suppliers due to failure to meet the required conditions?
Q5When working with your customers as their supplier, do they take a long term view of your relationship with their business?
Q6Over and above agreed delivery dates and terms and conditions of payment, are there other formal conditions placed upon that relationship (eg. quality control)?
Q7In your opinion, to what extent are current conditions more or less conducive to business start ups as compared to 5 years ago?
Q8If approached by someone wishing to start up a new business, which of the following would you suggest they turn to first for advice?
Q9When starting or considering starting a business, from your experience, which of the following would be the main motive?
Q10In your experience, when employing graduates, to what extent do you feel that their overall university education brings/adds value to your business?
Q11In your experience, when employing school leavers, to what extent do you feel that their education brings/adds value to your business?
Q12Many see WiFi as having huge implications for the future. To what extent, do you feel sufficiently familiar with its capability and functionality to understand the (potential) benefits for your business?

(1) In general, when choosing and working with your suppliers, how long term is your view of the relationship with your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Long term (2 years plus)76.7%
2. Medium term (I year plus)15.5%
3. Short term (less than a year)5.4%
4. Not applicable2.3%

(2) Over and above agreed delivery dates and terms and conditions of payment, are there other formal conditions placed upon that relationship (eg. quality control)?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Yes 51.2%
2. No 40.3%
3. Not applicable8.5%

(3) Do you review your supplier’s fulfilment of these conditions on a regular basis?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Yes 53.5%
2. No 18.6%
3. Not applicable27.9%

(4) In the last twelve months, have you had to terminate your relationship with any suppliers due to failure to meet the required conditions?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. None 43.4%
2. One 27.1%
3. Two 10.1%
4. More than two6.2%
5. Not applicable13.2%

(5) When working with your customers as their supplier, do they take a long term view of your relationship with their business?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Long term (2 years plus)57.4%
2. Medium term (I year plus)21.7%
3. Short term (less than a year)12.4%
4. Not applicable4.7%
5. Don't know3.9%

(6) Over and above agreed delivery dates and terms and conditions of payment, are there other formal conditions placed upon that relationship (eg. quality control)?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Yes 57.4%
2. No 32.6%
3. Not applicable 8.5%
4. Don’t know1.6%

(7) In your opinion, to what extent are current conditions more or less conducive to business start ups as compared to 5 years ago?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. significantly improved 3.1%
2. improved12.4%
3. the same24.8%
4. worse37.2%
5. significantly worse 10.1%
6. don't know12.4%

(8) If approached by someone wishing to start up a new business, which of the following would you suggest they turn to first for advice?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. accountant 16.3%
2. bank 7.8%
3. Business Link (SBS/RDA) 26.4%
4. private sector business adviser/consultant29.5%
5. trade association or other representative 6.2%
6. friend/family/colleague 12.4%
7. local chamber of commerce1.6%

(9) When starting or considering starting a business, from your experience, which of the following would be the main motive?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. to escape from a previous job1.6%
2. redundancy10.9%
3. succession in a family business0.8%
4. to generate more wealth/income21.7%
5. to have more control over the future41.1%
6. perception of a new business opportunity20.9%
7. other3.1%

(10) In your experience, when employing graduates, to what extent do you feel that their overall university education brings/adds value to your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Highly 3.9%
218.6%
323.3%
411.6%
5. Not at all4.7%
6. Not applicable 31.8%
7. Don’t know6.2%

(11) In your experience, when employing school leavers, to what extent do you feel that their education brings/adds value to your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Highly 3.9%
210.9%
315.5%
423.3%
5. Not at all14.7%
6. Not applicable 27.1%
7. Don’t know4.7%

(12) Many see WiFi as having huge implications for the future. To what extent, do you feel sufficiently familiar with its capability and functionality to understand the (potential) benefits for your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 129
%
1. Highly 15.5%
218.6%
331.8%
420.2%
5. Not at all14%