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What is it?

The UK Business Barometer uses modern technology to revolutionise communications between small businesses and government.

Ninety-eight percent of the UK's businesses are small, and in economic terms it is these small and growing businesses that deliver the benefits. Yet it is big business that has all the influence. There are several reasons, but it is partly because information on big businesses is easier to compile, and partly because issues affecting them get instant and widespread publicity and are well represented in government.

By comparison, information about small businesses is harder to compile and is rarely given strong representation where it matters. Moreover, when the information is available, it often comes too late.

The UK Business Barometer changes this. It provides a simple mechanism enabling every kind of small business to have a direct and immediate voice. Decision-makers can consider current issues, and know how they are affecting small businesses as they happen, rather than waiting weeks or even months, by which time it may be too late to react.

The UK Business Barometer was originally developed as the East Midlands Business Barometer at the Institute for Enterprise and Innovation in the Nottingham University Business School.

For many years the business school has had close links with government bodies at local, regional and national levels, as well as with industry. It is ideally placed to ensure that the results and analyses from the Barometer reach those who can use them to best effect, in the.interest of small businesses.

All personal and company data is confidential and is protected by Nottingham University Business School.

How it works

Latest survey results
Compare your answers on the latest issues...
News and analysis...
Tell a colleague
The more businesses join, the louder the voice of small business...
Trends analysis
See how small business conditions have changed over time...