University of Nottingham (c)2005

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Survey BB101 October 2006 :

The October survey, seeks your views on the National Minimum Wage, the Royal Mail’s new tariff, literacy and numeracy, government provided training, R&D; tax credits, employment legislation, multiple suppliers and unpaid invoices.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent are you receptive to advice proffered internally from employees?
Q2To what extent are you receptive to advice proffered externally from advisers, friends, other businesses etc.?
Q3The National Minimum Wage has seen several increases since its introduction, the latest coming this month. To what extent has the advent of the National Minimum Wage made the recruitment of younger staff less attractive?
Q4 In what way has the Royal Mail’s new tariff structures affected your business?
Q5To what extent have you encountered literacy problems (specifically reading and writing) amongst your employees?
Q6To what extent have you encountered numeracy problems amongst your employees?
Q7To what extent do you feel the need for government provided training support for employees in basic skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy)?
Q8Recent research has shown that small businesses are missing out on millions of pounds of Government tax breaks by not taking full advantage of research and development (R&D;) tax relief designed to encourage innovation in the UK. Have you explored the possibility of obtaining R&D; tax credits?
Q9To what extent does the present employment legislation influence your staffing levels?
Q10To what extent do you feel the need for multiple suppliers despite the time commitment that this involves?
Q11 What proportion of your invoices remain unpaid by customers after their due date?
Q12What proportion of your suppliers’ invoices remains unpaid by you after their due date?

(1) To what extent are you receptive to advice proffered internally from employees?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. highly45.8%
235.2%
314.1%
42.8%
5. not at all2.1%

(2) To what extent are you receptive to advice proffered externally from advisers, friends, other businesses etc.?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. highly23.2%
247.9%
326.8%
41.4%
5. not at all0.7%

(3) The National Minimum Wage has seen several increases since its introduction, the latest coming this month. To what extent has the advent of the National Minimum Wage made the recruitment of younger staff less attractive?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. highly4.9%
27.7%
38.5%
48.5%
5. not at all33.1%
6. not applicable37.3%

(4) In what way has the Royal Mail’s new tariff structures affected your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. positively 0.0%
2 1.4%
351.4%
432.4%
5. negatively14.8%

(5) To what extent have you encountered literacy problems (specifically reading and writing) amongst your employees?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. frequently6.3%
221.1%
313.4%
415.5%
5. not at all18.3%
6. not applicable25.4%

(6) To what extent have you encountered numeracy problems amongst your employees?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. frequently 5.6%
216.2%
312%
421.1%
5 not at all 20.4%
6. not applicable24.6%

(7) To what extent do you feel the need for government provided training support for employees in basic skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy)?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. highly 9.9%
223.2%
315.5%
413.4%
5. not at all14.1%
6. not applicable23.9%

(8) Recent research has shown that small businesses are missing out on millions of pounds of Government tax breaks by not taking full advantage of research and development (R&D;) tax relief designed to encourage innovation in the UK. Have you explored the possibility of obtaining R&D; tax credits?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. yes27.5%
2. no72.5%

(9) To what extent does the present employment legislation influence your staffing levels?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. Highly 21.1%
215.5%
314.1%
412.7%
5. not at all 21.1%
6. not applicable15.5%

(10) To what extent do you feel the need for multiple suppliers despite the time commitment that this involves?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. Highly 16.2%
224.6%
321.8%
413.4%
5. not at all 12%
6. not applicable12%

(11) What proportion of your invoices remain unpaid by customers after their due date?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. 0% to 10%33.1%
2. 11% to 20% 21.1%
3. 21% to 25%12.7%
4. 26% to 50% 20.4%
5. over 50%12.7%

(12) What proportion of your suppliers’ invoices remains unpaid by you after their due date?
ResponseTotal answers: 142
%
1. 0% to 10%62%
2. 11% to 20% 19%
3. 21% to 25% 5.6%
4. 26% to 50%5.6%
5. over 50%7.7%