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Tuesday, April 9th, 2002
The March Survey looked at changing attitudes to investment and sought the
panellists' views on networking, postal deliveries and the issue of home
working. Results are summarised here but for the complete analysis please visit results.
Listed below are extracts from feedback received in Survey
BB46 March 2002.
Comments are listed under sector headings.
Views expressed are those of individual panellists and may not represent those
of the University.
'Personal networking' is very important to me, especially in seeking ways to
survive the sea of legislation in which small business is presently drowning.
Provided the mail delivers early 8- 8.30 no problem later causes delays and
inconvenience - we very rarely get a second delivery
As my business is business advice the main constraint at the moment is the lack
of investment/confidence in a lot of SME ( and unfortunately some bad
experiences with government backed business advice initiatives !)
Production & Manufacturing
Networking has always been very important; it used to be called keeping in touch
with relevant people. A new name for it does not mean that the idea is new.
We have only ever had one postal delivery the time of which is becoming more
erratic. The post office delivers next door's post by a van whilst ours &
others are delivered by foot later.
Regarding timing of postal deliveries, it is extremely important for this
company to receive post as early as possible at the start of the working day.
We have seen a significant pick up in activity levels.
Postal services. No problem with 1 delivery as long as all mail arrives early.
If it doesn't, we need a 2nd delivery.
Postal deliveries should be before 9am. Recorded and packets after 9am but
In my opinion, house and land prices have soaked up any inflationary areas in
the economy however this has and is causing problems with people starting out
at the beginning of the ladder. Then putting pressure on employers for expected
We do use home workers at the moment. The only drawback is getting the work to
them and the volume of work that they have to have in their house to complete a
task such as collation of sheets of paper.
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