Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-30 :
The 30th reading of the Business Barometer sought the views of the panel on five topical issues: weather, trains, fuel, late payment legislation and expected pay settlements.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent has the recent inclement weather adversely affected your business?
Q2To what extent have difficulties in rail travel adversely affected your business?
Q3To what extent will the chancellor's measures on fuel tax benefit your business?
Q4Are you aware of the new law allowing small firms to charge interest to firms of any size on the late payment of commercial debts?
Q5Would you claim interest on payment of commercial debts from other small firms?
Q6To what extent do you believe the claiming of interest from other firms, would jeopardise future orders from them?
Q7Do you expect pay settlements in 2001, as compared to 2000, to be:
Q8To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
Q9To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
Q10To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
Q11Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
Q12Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:

(1) To what extent has the recent inclement weather adversely affected your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 242
%
1 Highly7%
216.5%
316.5%
434.3%
5 Not at all25.6%

(2) To what extent have difficulties in rail travel adversely affected your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 241
%
1 Highly1.2%
26.2%
310%
419.9%
5 Not at all62.7%

(3) To what extent will the chancellor's measures on fuel tax benefit your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 239
%
1 Highly6.7%
29.2%
320.9%
435.1%
5 Not at all28%

(4) Are you aware of the new law allowing small firms to charge interest to firms of any size on the late payment of commercial debts?
ResponseTotal answers: 239
%
1 Yes77%
2 No23%

(5) Would you claim interest on payment of commercial debts from other small firms?
ResponseTotal answers: 236
%
1 Yes44.9%
2 No55.1%

(6) To what extent do you believe the claiming of interest from other firms, would jeopardise future orders from them?
ResponseTotal answers: 242
%
1 Highly35.1%
233.5%
317.8%
411.2%
5 Not at all2.5%

(7) Do you expect pay settlements in 2001, as compared to 2000, to be:
ResponseTotal answers: 242
%
1 Higher15.7%
2 The same76.9%
3 Lower7.4%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 242
%
1 Highly12.4%
223.1%
328.5%
419%
5 Not at all16.9%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 242
%
1 Highly15.3%
219%
321.5%
423.6%
5 Not at all20.7%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 242
%
1 Highly15.7%
221.9%
328.9%
425.2%
5 Not at all8.3%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 241
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)8.3%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)29%
Remained static42.7%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)16.2%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)3.7%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 241
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)7.9%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)35.3%
Remain static41.1%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)12%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)3.7%