Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB68 :
The January survey asks for your views on sales, business expectations for 2004, the ‘terrorist threat’, stress related illnesses in the workplace, health, age and productivity growth.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1In November and December, were your sales in 2003 compared to 2002:
Q2For the first three months of 2004, compared with the same period in 2003, do you expect your sales to be:
Q3How competitive is the market confronting your business?
Q4In your experience, do you feel that the general business expectations for 2004, compared to expectations for 2003 this time last year, are:
Q5To what extent does the ‘Terrorist Threat’ feature in your thought and decision making processes?
Q6Given the current high level of airport security, and the imminent addition of Sky Marshals to some flights, do you now feel that air travel is as safe from terrorist threat as it can be?
Q7To what extent do you think similar or equivalent measures are needed for other forms of public transport within the UK?
Q8‘It is my impression that the general incidence of stress related illnesses in the workforce has increased over the last few years.’
Q9In general, and ignoring New Year’s resolutions, from your experience, to what extent are business people becoming more or less health conscious?
Q10To what extent is age of applicant an important factor in recruitment?
Q11To what extent do you think that the age of retirement will increase as a result of present and future pension conditions?
Q12The Chancellors Pre Budget statement highlighted various areas of activity to promote productivity growth. Which of those listed below do you feel is the most important?

(1) In November and December, were your sales in 2003 compared to 2002:
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. much more buoyant 8.1%
2. more buoyant 34.8%
3. the same 29.8%
4. less buoyant 22.4%
5. much less buoyant5%

(2) For the first three months of 2004, compared with the same period in 2003, do you expect your sales to be:
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. much more buoyant 6.2%
2. more buoyant 42.9%
3. the same 33.5%
4. less buoyant 16.8%
5. much less buoyant0.6%

(3) How competitive is the market confronting your business?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. highly competitive 38.5%
2.42.9%
3.14.3%
4.3.7%
5. not at all competitive0.6%

(4) In your experience, do you feel that the general business expectations for 2004, compared to expectations for 2003 this time last year, are:
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. much more optimistic 6.2%
2. more optimistic47.8%
3. the same 26.7%
4. more pessimistic 16.8%
5. much more pessimistic2.5%

(5) To what extent does the ‘Terrorist Threat’ feature in your thought and decision making processes?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. highly1.9%
26.8%
312.4%
425.5%
5. not at all53.4%

(6) Given the current high level of airport security, and the imminent addition of Sky Marshals to some flights, do you now feel that air travel is as safe from terrorist threat as it can be?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. very safe 3.7%
2. safe36%
3. neither safe nor unsafe 49.1%
4. unsafe10.6%
5. very unsafe0.6%

(7) To what extent do you think similar or equivalent measures are needed for other forms of public transport within the UK?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. highly5%
210.6%
324.8%
427.3%
5. not at all32.3%

(8) ‘It is my impression that the general incidence of stress related illnesses in the workforce has increased over the last few years.’
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. strongly agree 9.3%
2. agree 57.1%
3. indifferent 22.4%
4. disagree 10.6%
5 strongly disagree0.6%

(9) In general, and ignoring New Year’s resolutions, from your experience, to what extent are business people becoming more or less health conscious?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. much more 1.9%
2. more 52.8%
3. the same 39.1%
4. less 6.2%
5. much less 0.0%

(10) To what extent is age of applicant an important factor in recruitment?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. highly8.7%
220.5%
324.2%
427.3%
5. not at all19.3%

(11) To what extent do you think that the age of retirement will increase as a result of present and future pension conditions?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. highly32.9%
252.8%
39.9%
43.1%
5. not at all1.2%

(12) The Chancellors Pre Budget statement highlighted various areas of activity to promote productivity growth. Which of those listed below do you feel is the most important?
ResponseTotal answers: 161
%
1. reform of the regulatory burden on enterprise56.5%
2. overcoming barriers to raising finance for small business19.3%
3. measures to promote regional growth by local authorities9.9%
4. promoting entrepreneurial skills in young people14.3%