Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-48 :
The May survey asks for your views on UK entry to the Euro, reflections on starting a business, accountancy, aspects of staffing, pressure of competition on profit margins and the World Cup.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent does the prospect of UK entry to the Euro, in 2004/5, present opportunities/difficulties to your business?
Q2Now that the Euro has been in use for 4 months, to what extent have you revised your views of its impact upon your business, since its introduction?
Q3How has the introduction of the Euro across Europe affected your business so far?
Q4Have you ever attended a 'Start Your Own Business' course?
Q5Apart from course handouts, have you made use of a 'Start Your Own Business' pack from any source (eg. Government, banks)?
Q6From your experience, do you feel that the availability of an accurate 'Start Your Own Business' pack would be of practical use to new start-up businesses?
Q7To what extent is staff retention a problem for your business?
Q8How do you expect the number of employees in your business to change over the next 6 months?
Q9During the next 6 months, I expect the number of vacancies in my business to:
Q10Compared with 12 months ago, to what extent are profit margins constrained due to the pressure of competition?
Q11Which, if any, of the following measures have you taken in order to keep your business competitive?
Q12To what extent do you think that the daytime coverage of the Football World Cup might affect your employees' concentration and attendance?

(1) To what extent does the prospect of UK entry to the Euro, in 2004/5, present opportunities/difficulties to your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. significant opportunities6.5%
2. some opportunities26.8%
3. neutral41.3%
4. some difficulties10.1%
5. significant difficulties5.8%
6. not applicable9.4%

(2) Now that the Euro has been in use for 4 months, to what extent have you revised your views of its impact upon your business, since its introduction?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. significantly more positive2.2%
2. more positive17.4%
3 no change59.4%
4. more negative8%
5. significantly more negative3.6%
6. not applicable9.4%

(3) How has the introduction of the Euro across Europe affected your business so far?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. very positively0.7%
2. positively12.3%
3. no effect68.1%
4. negatively6.5%
5. very negatively1.4%
6. not applicable10.9%

(4) Have you ever attended a 'Start Your Own Business' course?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. yes20.3%
2. no79.7%

(5) Apart from course handouts, have you made use of a 'Start Your Own Business' pack from any source (eg. Government, banks)?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. yes29.7%
2. no70.3%

(6) From your experience, do you feel that the availability of an accurate 'Start Your Own Business' pack would be of practical use to new start-up businesses?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. yes81.2%
2. no18.8%

(7) To what extent is staff retention a problem for your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. highly5.8%
2.13%
3.25.4%
4.33.3%
5. not at all22.5%

(8) How do you expect the number of employees in your business to change over the next 6 months?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. increase42.8%
2. stay the same48.6%
3. decrease8.7%

(9) During the next 6 months, I expect the number of vacancies in my business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. rise26.8%
2. remain the same66.7%
3. fall6.5%

(10) Compared with 12 months ago, to what extent are profit margins constrained due to the pressure of competition?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. highly21%
2.33.3%
3.22.5%
4.15.9%
5. not at all7.2%

(11) Which, if any, of the following measures have you taken in order to keep your business competitive?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. sales and marketing initiatives41.3%
2. cutting the cost of materials7.2%
3. cutting staffing costs 16.7%
4.reducing other overheads20.3%
5. other6.5%
6. none8%

(12) To what extent do you think that the daytime coverage of the Football World Cup might affect your employees' concentration and attendance?
ResponseTotal answers: 138
%
1. highly15.9%
2.20.3%
3.21%
4.18.1%
5. not at all24.6%