Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-36 :
Survey 36 asks about Investment planning and influences thereon, about Export orders and the issue of Security and Crime.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent are you postponing major strategic decisions until after the General election?
Q2To what extent has planned investment in plant and equipment changed over the last quarter?
Q3Of the following, which has the greatest influence on your plant & equipment investment planning?
Q4Taking into account any seasonal factors, to what extent are export orders from the US higher or lower than you would usually expect?
Q5Taking into account any seasonal factors, to what extent are export orders from Europe higher or lower than you would usually expect?
Q6Taking into account any seasonal factors, to what extent are export orders from the Rest of the World higher or lower than you would usually expect?
Q7To what extent are security and crime issues for your business?
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 are you postponing major strategic decisions until after the General election?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. Totally5.2%
2.4.5%
3. 10.4%
4.3.9%
5. Not at all76%

(2) To what extent has planned investment in plant and equipment changed over the last quarter?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. decreased more than 10%12.3%
2. decreased up to 10%13%
3. unchanged50.6%
4. increased up to 10%18.8%
5. increased more than 10%5.2%

(3) Of the following, which has the greatest influence on your plant & equipment investment planning?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. business orders/market demand60.4%
2. interest rates1.3%
3. economic uncertainty9.7%
4. expected profitability21.4%
5. other (comments welcomed)7.1%

(4) Taking into account any seasonal factors, to what extent are export orders from the US higher or lower than you would usually expect?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. much higher 0.0%
2. higher5.8%
3. unchanged18.8%
4. lower6.5%
5. much lower4.5%
6. not applicable64.3%

(5) Taking into account any seasonal factors, to what extent are export orders from Europe higher or lower than you would usually expect?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. much higher1.9%
2. higher6.5%
3. unchanged24%
4. lower13%
5. much lower4.5%
6. not applicable50%

(6) Taking into account any seasonal factors, to what extent are export orders from the Rest of the World higher or lower than you would usually expect?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. much higher 0.0%
2. higher9.1%
3. unchanged23.4%
4. lower8.4%
5. much lower1.9%
6. not applicable57.1%

(7) To what extent are security and crime issues for your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1. highly significant14.3%
2. 22.7%
3.22.1%
4.27.9%
5. insignificant13%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1 Highly12.3%
224%
329.2%
422.7%
5 Not at all11.7%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1 Highly16.9%
220.1%
322.1%
420.8%
5 Not at all20.1%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
1 Highly22.1%
218.8%
328.6%
420.8%
5 Not at all9.7%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)9.1%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)33.8%
Remained static33.8%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)16.2%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)7.1%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 154
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)9.1%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)40.9%
Remain static35.7%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)10.4%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)3.9%