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Survey analysis BB92 January 2006
The first survey of 2006 looked at insurance cover for temporary incapacity, dependency upon IT, time set aside for own training, outsourcing administrative services, accredited business advice and its confidentiality.
Survey analysis BB91 December 2005
December's survey asked panellists for their views on encouraging exporting, upcoming Employment Equality Regulations, effective management styles, stock levels, and the main current source of concern for their businesses. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions, analysed by size of firm and sector, can be accessed via the 'Trends' link on the ukbb 'Home' page.
Survey analysis BB90 November 2005
The 90th UK Business Barometer Survey was shorter than usual, with only six questions this time. Themes were: security problems, payment behaviour, cash flow, trading online and market research.
Survey analysis BB89 October 2005
The themes of the 89th UK Business Barometer Survey were: key influences on a firm's growth rate, the National Minimum Wage, marketing costs, business advice and expertise, time allowed for strategic matters and the medium to long term economic future compared to a year ago.
Survey analysis BB88 September 2005
For the September survey we invited panellists to give their views on graduates as promising entrepreneurs, externally provided business advice, evaluating strategic matters, collateral, A levels as an indicator of ability, 'yob culture' as it affects business, unreported crime, sporting success and an enthusiastic and positive attitude to work plus the quarterly trends questions. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions can be found via the 'Trends' link on the ukbb 'Home' page
Survey analysis BB87 August 2005
The August survey put a series of questions posed by the Bank of England and the Government Office, which offer the opportunity to examine issues such as investment in plant and equipment, pre tax profit margins, growth of costs, working up to capacity and changes in numbers of full time equivalent employees. Also included were questions on how frequently respondents upgrading their computer hardware, the user friendly they find modern technology and the impact of the recent increase in oil prices.
Survey analysis BB86 July 2005
The July Survey covered a number of different topics. Five on risk management and insurance were followed by two on e-communication and its current impact on meetings and travel. The final two questions were about incentivising employees to put forward innovative ideas. Other questions covered whether a degree is advantageous for job applicants, accounting and auditing problems, and the impact of retail sales levels.
Survey analysis BB85 June 2005
The June survey looks further at a theme aired in the April survey, that of New Product Development; touching upon aspects such as product/service design, available advice, intellectual property, external experts, finance for developing new products/services/processes and associated limiting factors. This month also sees the return of the quarterly trends questions. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions, analysed by size of firm and sector, can be accessed via the 'Trends' option on the Home page.
Survey analysis BB84 May 2005
The May survey sought views on stimulating business, purchasing online, the National Minimum Wage, the working time directive, the length of the working week, priority of family commitments, annual leave and bank holidays, contingency planning, business and lifestyle: alterpreneur or entrepreneur? and cheque processing delays.
Survey analysis BB83 April 2005
The topics covered in the 83rd UK Business Barometer Survey were: the UK road infrastructure; training needs analyses; 'elearning'; the best route to greater growth; local business crime prevention initiatives; follow up questions on media coverage for smaller businesses; managing waste paper; breaking for lunch; developing new products/services.
Survey analysis BB82 March4005
For the March survey, we invited panellists to give views on the business impact of the budget, delaying strategic decisions before the upcoming General Election, strategic planning, keeping in touch with contacts, and using temps, plus the quarterly trends questions. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions, analysed by size of firm and sector, can be found on the project's website at www.ukbb.ac
Survey analysis BB81 February 2005
The February survey asked for views on late payment, switching banks, vacancies, training, projected sales, conditions in the respondents' own sectors of the economy, the business impact if the Internet were to collapse, and use of sector/business membership organisations.
Survey analysis BB80 January 2005
The first Barometer survey of 2005 enquired about growth aspirations for businesses, types of legislation as constraint or encouragement for growth, sources of advice by type and, following recent headlines on the health and performance effects of caffeine, preferred beverage throughout the day.
Survey analysis BB79 December 2004
December's survey asked panellists to name a single issue of concern and sought views on Work/Life balance, management style, stock levels, computer glitches, IT skills and authors of computer software. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions, analysed by size of firm and sector, can be found on the UKBB Trends page
Survey analysis BB78 November 2004
November's survey investigated panellists' views on Internet Banking, running a business, the New Company Law Bill, continuing membership of the EU, data back up, changes to the retirement age, Profit Margins and whether Business Skills should be a compulsory subject in schools.
Survey analysis BB77 October 2004
October's survey asked for panellists' views on the 'single most important problem' confronting their business, then on aspects of red tape: new dismissal rules, the increase in the National Minimum Wage, premises and Disability Discrimination legislation and the use of government e-services, also annual sales and potential oligopsonies, businesses' reactions to unsolicited phone calls, crime against businesses and discussing business matters with other small business owners/managers.
Survey analysis BB76 September 2004
September's survey asks for your views on developing new product ideas, current account interest, second mortgages, easier access to universities and working to capacity plus the quarterly trends questions. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions, analysed by size of firm and sector, can be found on the UKBB Trends page
Survey analysis BB75 August 2004
The August survey asked for views on investment in plant & equipment, reinvesting profits, transfer of ownership, research & development tax credit, holidays and abuse from customers.
Survey analysis BB74 July 2004
The July survey asked for views on Creative Problem Solving techniques and training, work based learning and to rank various aspects of government service.
Survey analysis BB73 June 2004
The June Survey focused on aspects of recruitment, pressures on pay, profitability and numbers of Full Time Equivalent posts, seeking advice on Corporate Social Responsibility generally and on environmental and sustainability issues specifically. The Survey also included the 5 regular quarterly questions. The trends charts from the responses to the regular quarterly questions, analysed by size of firm and sector, can be found on the UKBB Trends page
Survey analysis BB72 May 2004
The 72nd UK Business Barometer Survey asked for views on EU enlargement, the quality of the postal service, credit as it affects sales and orders, recruitment and staff retention and the extension of the Telephone Preference Service.
Survey analysis BB71 April 2004
The 71st UK Business Barometer Survey focused on organisational and environmental issues, as well as how businesses react to changes in government regulations.
Survey analysis BB70 March 2004
The March Survey asked for views on absenteeism, insurance, impact of the Budget, the risk of failing and whether 'entrepreneurship' runs in the family. Two questions, both on the impact of the Budget on businesses, called for free-format responses and the responses to these will be published later.
Survey analysis BB69 February 2004
The February survey was an exceptional one in that it was longer than normal, consisting of 22 questions instead of the usual 12. Ahead of the 2004 Budget, it focused strongly on aspects of business connected with the impact of regulation on growth, innovation and productivity. Respondents were asked what their top three practical choices were for government to reduce the impact of regulation on their businesses.
Survey analysis BB68 January2004
The January survey raised questions on sales and competition, business expectations for 2004, the 'terrorist threat', stress related illnesses in the workplace, health, age and productivity growth.
Survey analysis BB67 December 2003
December's survey focused on questions about union recognition, new product development and marketing. It also included the regular quarterly 'core questions' about business and trading conditions.
Survey analysis BB66 November 2003
November's survey commenced with questions on profit margins, cash and borrowing requirements. It also sought views about whether call centres affect business arrangements, on changing banks, efficient meetings and email.
Survey analysis BB65 October 2003
October's survey asked for views on contact with universities, crime and security, buying via the Internet, road and rail traffic conditions, meetings, smaller businesses and party conference proceedings, start up advice and scheduling regular exercise.
Survey analysis BB64 September 2003
September's survey asked for views on delayed payment, expectations, credentials and qualifications, computer based viruses, absenteeism and the quarterly trends questions.
Survey analysis BB63 August 2003
With recent mention in the media of the increase in the rest of Europe in flexibility in the workforce versus skills lags in the UK, the emphasis in the August survey was on skills and externally sourced training.
Survey analysis BB62 July 2003
The July survey sought views on job satisfaction, the EU campaign on business opportunities, long term strategy, investment plans, starting a business, risk management procedures, filling key positions, attracting and retaining staff, the impact of the weather, current use of email and payment extensions.
Survey analysis BB61 June 2003
The June survey sought views on likely influences on the future Euro Referendum vote, expected changes in employment levels, the Internet for business advice, Clusters and labour market flexibility.
Survey analysis BB60 May 2003
The May survey looked for views on the Euro, commercial property prices, time off for leisure, hard to fill vacancies, new jobs, visits to UKBB and UK Business Adviser Barometer websites, and regional sales.
Survey analysis BB59 April 2003
The April survey asked for views on the Budget, credit terms, use of the Internet and of business information websites, seeking advice, the minimum wage, dialogue with staff, the impact of the Iraqi war on business expectations, expenditure cuts, and Employment Tribunals.
Survey analysis BB58 March 2003
The March survey asked for views on the upcoming Budget, car tax charges, average hours worked, policy on flexible working, risk of business failure, the most common motivation for starting a business, plus the quarterly trend questions.
Survey analysis BB57 February 2003
The February survey asked for views on oil prices, the Pound, Capacity utilisation, order cancellations, investment decisions, red tape, the impacts of recent decreases in interest rates, competitive advantage, staff retention and challenges facing women in starting businesses.
Survey analysis BB56 January 2003
The first Business Barometer of 2003 asked a series of questions on Customer Feedback and sought views on the impact of House Price Changes, New Product Developments, Seeking Reliable Information, Economic Uncertainty, the Euro, Sales and Exports.
Survey analysis BB55 December 2002
The December survey asked about pay settlements, investment in physical assets and in training, late payment and two issues with a Christmas theme.
Survey analysis BB54 November 2002
November's survey asked for views on the entrepreneur, profit margins, cash holdings and bank deposits, borrowing, call centres, export orders, interest rates and how important it is to have a personal point of contact at the bank.
Survey analysis BB53 October 2002
The October survey asked for views on oil prices, employee rights, management, training both for those running their own businesses and for their staff, government grants, 'road charging', crime and security, selling and buying through the internet and the biggest source of time waster.
Survey analysis BB52 September 2002
In the September survey, the opening question was "How would you use a consultant for a day?" We then turned to emerging new factors possibly affecting the running costs of businesses: Trades Union membership, cost increases due to pension legislation, responses to increased insurance, N.I. contribution costs, and Data Protection. In the light of recently published national statistics we asked, "Are you a family run business?" Our quarterly business trends results are also included this month.
Survey analysis BB51 August 2002
The August survey took recruitment as its major theme. This time, from the factors directly impacting on recruitment, we asked if employment legislation deters from taking on new staff; if young people are being attracted into industries; for views on skill shortages, and on the employability of new graduates. The August Survey also looked at sales to the public sector, government plans for flexible working, the EU Work Time Directive, interaction with local schools and expanding barometer coverage.
Survey analysis BB50 July 2002
The July survey sought views on the recent fall in share prices, corporate fraud, direct marketing, the use of CCTV, the use of consultants and issues around sustainability and the environment.
Survey analysis BB49 June 2002
The June survey sought views on inflation, intellectual property, changing banks and sales to businesses and to end customers. The 5 core questions, now asked on a quarterly basis, were also included in June, to allow an update of trends data.
Survey analysis BB48 May 2002
The May survey asked for views on UK entry to the Euro, reflections on starting a business, aspects of staffing and pressure of competition, - and the World Cup.
Survey analysis BB47 April 2002
Following the announcement of budget measures affecting smaller businesses, the April Survey asked for views on the likely overall impact. It also included questions on Cost Increases, Bonus Schemes, Pay Settlements, Business Advice and U.S. Export Orders.
Survey analysis BB46 March 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.
Survey analysis BB45 February 2002
This months Survey looks at the impact of Insurance cost increases, availability of spare capacity, and whether grants and subsidies influence investment plans. Aspects of the Internet, Broadband and ICT are also surveyed, plus our core trends questions.
Survey analysis BB44 January 2002
The first survey of 2002 focused on innovation, trains, the impact of Christmas holidays and the incidence of illness in the workforce.
Survey analysis BB43 December 2001
It is claimed that consumer spending is sustaining the UK economy. In survey BB43, December 2001, we focused on sales, stocks and investment plans.
Survey analysis BB42 November 2001
In the light of recent discussions on the Euro and the implications for business, survey 42 asked about your preparations for its continental wide introduction on January 1st 2002.
Survey analysis BB41 October 2001
In the light of world events over the last few weeks, the October survey set out to assess the impact of increased economic uncertainty upon different aspects of business experiences and strategies.
Survey analysis BB40 September 2001
The Setember survey sought views and experiences on a number of issues including current talk of recession, recruitment issues, and questions on the turnover of computer and telecoms equipment amongst panellists..
Survey analysis BB39 August 2001
The August survey looked at the impact on businesses of the holiday season and also enquired into two areas of recruitment - the ease of recruiting graduates and the significance of the age of recruits.
Survey analysis BB38 July 2001
The July Survey topical questions related to the declared intentions of the Government to make it easier for smaller businesses to become suppliers to the public sector. The other area of attention in July was business to business Internet based trading. We compared the results with the same questions asked back in March 2000, to see whether use of the Internet by our respondents for trading is growing.
Survey analysis BB37 June 2001
UKBB Panellists'views on how pressures on profit margins are currently changing for smaller businesses and what they believe may lie ahead. It also examines recent cash availability and familiarity with Intellectual Property issues.
Survey analysis BB36 May 2001
UKBB Panellists'views on what influences Investment planning, about Export orders and the issue of Security and Crime.