Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-52 :
"How you would use a consultant for a day?" And what of Trades Union membership, cost increases due to pension legislation, responses to increased insurance and N.I. contribution costs, Data Protection and, "Are you a family run business?"


Question NumberQuestion
Q1If you had free access to an expert consultant for a day, which one of the following issues would you most like him/her to address?
Q2Approximately what percentage of your employees are members of a Trades Union?
Q3Approximately how much have your costs (time or money), spent on pension arrangements, increased due to the introduction of Stakeholder Pensions?
Q4What is the main way by which your business is accommodating the recent increases in insurance premia?
Q5What is the main way in which you anticipate your company will accommodate the increase in national Insurance contributions from next April?
Q6Does your company have a Data Protection Policy?
Q775% of UK businesses are owned or managed by families. Would you include your business in this category?
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) If you had free access to an expert consultant for a day, which one of the following issues would you most like him/her to address?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. Recruitment4.7%
2. Finance15%
3. Marketing48.8%
4. Management skills14.2%
5. Regulation17.3%

(2) Approximately what percentage of your employees are members of a Trades Union?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. 100%2.4%
2. 75%2.4%
3. 50%3.9%
4. 25%2.4%
5. 10%3.9%
6. 0%. 59.1%
7. not applicable26%

(3) Approximately how much have your costs (time or money), spent on pension arrangements, increased due to the introduction of Stakeholder Pensions?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. unchanged48.8%
2. doubled17.3%
3. trebled4.7%
4. quadrupled2.4%
5. more than quadrupled4.7%
6. not applicable22%

(4) What is the main way by which your business is accommodating the recent increases in insurance premia?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. reduced cover7.1%
2. increased prices11%
3. improved productivity5.5%
4. lower pay increases1.6%
5. reduced profits65.4%
6. not applicable9.4%

(5) What is the main way in which you anticipate your company will accommodate the increase in national Insurance contributions from next April?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. increased prices18.9%
2. improved productivity7.9%
3. lower pay increases14.2%
4. reduced profits53.5%
5. not applicable5.5%

(6) Does your company have a Data Protection Policy?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. yes61.4%
2. no38.6%

(7) 75% of UK businesses are owned or managed by families. Would you include your business in this category?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. yes63.8%
2. no36.2%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1 Highly11%
219.7%
325.2%
425.2%
5 Not at all18.9%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1 Highly17.3%
218.9%
319.7%
426%
5 Not at all18.1%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1 Highly18.9%
222.8%
330.7%
415.7%
5 Not at all11.8%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)13.4%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)31.5%
Remained static38.6%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)11.8%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)4.7%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)15%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)36.2%
Remain static30.7%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)15%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)3.1%