Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-45 :
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.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent have recent increases in Insurance Premia affected the amount of cover you choose?
Q2To what extent are you working up to capacity (in terms of the full utilisation of resources) ? (100% would imply a need for additional staff or other resources)
Q3To what extent are your investment plans influenced by grants and subsidies?
Q4To what extent has your view on the importance of the Internet to your business changed in the last 12 months? I now regard the Internet as being:
Q5If the Internet collapsed permanently tomorrow, what would the impact on your business be?
Q6Broadband availability for connection to the Internet is growing. From your perception, how easy is it to get advice on the benefits and practicalities of broadband?
Q7Where are you most likely to obtain advice on new developments in ICT?
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 have recent increases in Insurance Premia affected the amount of cover you choose?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
Highly10.8%
220.9%
319.4%
417.3%
Not at all31.7%

(2) To what extent are you working up to capacity (in terms of the full utilisation of resources) ? (100% would imply a need for additional staff or other resources)
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
90% - 100%36.7%
70% - 89%42.4%
50% - 69%15.1%
below 50%5.8%

(3) To what extent are your investment plans influenced by grants and subsidies?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
Highly10.1%
211.5%
319.4%
415.1%
Not at all43.9%

(4) To what extent has your view on the importance of the Internet to your business changed in the last 12 months? I now regard the Internet as being:
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
much more important18.7%
more important36%
the same42.4%
less important2.2%
much less important0.7%

(5) If the Internet collapsed permanently tomorrow, what would the impact on your business be?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
Catastrophic9.4%
216.5%
323%
430.9%
No impact20.1%

(6) Broadband availability for connection to the Internet is growing. From your perception, how easy is it to get advice on the benefits and practicalities of broadband?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
Very easy5%
Fairly easy26.6%
I don't know36.7%
Fairly Difficult18%
Very difficult10.8%
Not applicable2.9%

(7) Where are you most likely to obtain advice on new developments in ICT?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
My regular PC supplier19.4%
The general media14.4%
Specialist press media (ICT, Professional or Trade organisation)18%
Through Networking and personal contacts39.6%
Through Government initiatives, Business Links or seminars8.6%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
1 Highly9.4%
223%
328.8%
423%
5 Not at all15.8%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
1 Highly18%
223.7%
322.3%
417.3%
5 Not at all18.7%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
1 Highly18.7%
217.3%
329.5%
423.7%
5 Not at all10.8%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)10.8%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)28.1%
Remained static39.6%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)15.1%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)6.5%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 139
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)11.5%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)45.3%
Remain static32.4%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)8.6%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)2.2%