Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-44 :
A Happy New Year to all and a warm welcome to our new panellists. This first survey of 2002 focuses upon innovation, trains, the impact of Christmas holidays and the incidence of illness in the workforce.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1Christmas comes but once a year! What impact does it have upon your business?
Q2To what extent does the Christmas holiday season disrupt your business?
Q3With today's emphasis on the importance of innovation, to what extent do you rely upon new developments in the products and services you provide to sustain your business?
Q4To whom or where are you most likely to look for reliable information on developments and trends in your industry/market ?
Q5To what extent have difficulties in rail transport adversely affected your business?
Q6'It is my impression that the general incidence of sick leave in the workforce has increased over the last few years.'
Q7'It is my impression that the general incidence of stress related illnesses in the workforce has increased over the last few years.'
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) Christmas comes but once a year! What impact does it have upon your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Very positive6.7%
2. Positive10.7%
3. Neutral32.9%
4. Negative36.9%
5. Very negative12.8%

(2) To what extent does the Christmas holiday season disrupt your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Highly24.8%
2.34.2%
3.16.8%
4.14.8%
5. Not at all9.4%

(3) With today's emphasis on the importance of innovation, to what extent do you rely upon new developments in the products and services you provide to sustain your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Highly27.5%
2.30.9%
3.18.8%
4.19.5%
5. Not at all3.4%

(4) To whom or where are you most likely to look for reliable information on developments and trends in your industry/market ?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Business Support Agencies7.4%
2. Your Competitors4%
3. The Media22.1%
4. Your own research and development44.3%
5. Trade Fairs9.4%
6. Other10.1%
7. Not applicable2.7%

(5) To what extent have difficulties in rail transport adversely affected your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Highly2.7%
2. 8.1%
3.6%
4.15.4%
5. Not at all67.8%

(6) 'It is my impression that the general incidence of sick leave in the workforce has increased over the last few years.'
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Strongly agree8.7%
2. Agree33.6%
3. Indifferent33.6%
4. Disagree20.1%
5. Strongly disagree4%

(7) 'It is my impression that the general incidence of stress related illnesses in the workforce has increased over the last few years.'
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1. Strongly agree7.4%
2. Agree38.3%
3. Indifferent32.9%
4. Disagree20.1%
5. Strongly disagree1.3%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1 Highly10.7%
228.2%
327.5%
418.8%
5 Not at all14.8%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1 Highly17.4%
232.9%
312.8%
418.1%
5 Not at all18.8%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
1 Highly14.8%
222.1%
329.5%
420.8%
5 Not at all12.8%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)10.7%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)32.2%
Remained static32.2%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)16.1%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)8.7%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 149
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)12.1%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)43.6%
Remain static34.9%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)7.4%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)2%