Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-64 :
September’s survey asks for your views on delayed payment, expectations, credentials and qualifications, computer based viruses, absenteeism and the quarterly trends questions.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent does delayed payment from other firms cause financial difficulties?
Q2In your experience, is delayed payment becoming:
Q3In terms of the general business environment in which you operate are your expectations for the economy compared to this time last year:
Q4When using the services of a Business Adviser, to what extent do you seek to check their credentials and qualifications?
Q5Has your business been the victim of a computer-based virus:
Q6To what extent is your computer protected by anti-virus software?
Q7To what extent has absenteeism changed in the last twelve months?
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 does delayed payment from other firms cause financial difficulties?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. highly17.5%
232.2%
327.1%
416.9%
5. not at all6.2%

(2) In your experience, is delayed payment becoming:
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. more of a problem 44.1%
2. unchanged 52%
3. less of a problem4%

(3) In terms of the general business environment in which you operate are your expectations for the economy compared to this time last year:
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. significantly more optimistic 2.3%
2. more optimistic 35.6%
3. the same 33.9%
4. more pessimistic 26%
5. significantly more pessimistic 2.3%

(4) When using the services of a Business Adviser, to what extent do you seek to check their credentials and qualifications?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. always 29.9%
2. sometimes33.9%
3. never 11.3%
4. not applicable24.9%

(5) Has your business been the victim of a computer-based virus:
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. within the last month 27.7%
2. within the last quarter 15.3%
3. within the last six months6.2%
4. within the last year 15.3%
5. never35.6%

(6) To what extent is your computer protected by anti-virus software?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. well protected (regularly updated) 79.1%
2. adequate protection ( occasionally updated)19.2%
3. poor ( no protection) 1.7%
4. not applicable 0.0%

(7) To what extent has absenteeism changed in the last twelve months?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1. increased significantly 1.7%
2. increased 17.5%
3. stayed the same 53.7%
4. decreased 7.9%
5. decreased significantly1.1%
6. not applicable18.1%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1 Highly10.7%
227.7%
332.8%
413%
5 Not at all15.8%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1 Highly10.7%
227.1%
327.1%
417.5%
5 Not at all17.5%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
1 Highly18.1%
221.5%
335%
415.8%
5 Not at all9.6%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)15.3%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)28.8%
Remained static40.7%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)11.9%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)3.4%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 177
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)15.3%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)37.3%
Remain static40.7%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)5.1%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)1.7%