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Survey BB-37 :
Survey 37 asks about Pressure on Profit Margins, Holdings, Borrowing and Intellectual Property.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1How has the pressure on profit margins changed over the last six months?
Q2Over the next six months, do you expect the pressure on profit margins to:
Q3Over the past six months, and ignoring any normal seasonal variation, how have your holdings of cash and bank deposits changed?
Q4Over the past six months, and ignoring any normal seasonal variation, how has your borrowing from banks and other sources changed?
Q5Do you agree that there is a greater need for more widely dispersed and user-friendly information on the protection of Intellectual Property?
Q6To what extent are you aware of recent developments in the treatment of Intellectual Property?
Q7To what extent do you feel confident that your Intellectual Property (including Copyright, Trade Marks and Design Registration) is adequately protected?
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) How has the pressure on profit margins changed over the last six months?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Increased substantially22.9%
2. Increased a little38.2%
3. Unchanged25%
4. Fallen a little10.4%
5. Fallen substantially 3.5%

(2) Over the next six months, do you expect the pressure on profit margins to:
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Increase substantially?15.3%
2. Increase a little?47.9%
3. Remain unchanged?25%
4. Fall a little?11.1%
5. Fall substantially?0.7%

(3) Over the past six months, and ignoring any normal seasonal variation, how have your holdings of cash and bank deposits changed?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Fallen a lot21.5%
2. Fallen a little29.2%
3. Unchanged21.5%
4. Up a little22.9%
5. Up a lot4.9%

(4) Over the past six months, and ignoring any normal seasonal variation, how has your borrowing from banks and other sources changed?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Fallen a lot4.9%
2. Fallen a little9.7%
3. Unchanged47.9%
4. Up a little24.3%
5. Up a lot13.2%

(5) Do you agree that there is a greater need for more widely dispersed and user-friendly information on the protection of Intellectual Property?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Strongly agree18.8%
2.22.9%
3.24.3%
4.6.3%
5. Strongly disagree0.7%
6. Don't know27.1%

(6) To what extent are you aware of recent developments in the treatment of Intellectual Property?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Very much aware 0.0%
2.6.9%
3.16%
4.27.1%
5. Not at all aware50%

(7) To what extent do you feel confident that your Intellectual Property (including Copyright, Trade Marks and Design Registration) is adequately protected?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1. Very Confident1.4%
2.11.1%
3.22.2%
4.12.5%
5. Not Confident25.7%
6. Don't know27.1%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1 Highly10.4%
230.6%
327.8%
419.4%
5 Not at all11.8%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1 Highly16.7%
223.6%
319.4%
422.9%
5 Not at all17.4%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
1 Highly24.3%
218.8%
327.8%
418.8%
5 Not at all10.4%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)8.3%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)31.9%
Remained static32.6%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)17.4%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)9.7%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 144
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)7.6%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)34.7%
Remain static41%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)14.6%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)2.1%